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Govt. hospitals to be upgraded at Rs. 60 cr.

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BANGALORE, OCT. 11. A master plan for the upgradation of the Victoria, Bowring and Lady Curzon, Vani Vilas and Minto Eye Hospitals will be drawn up in 15 days, and renovation and rebuilding works in all these government hospitals will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 60 crores, the Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna, said here on Monday.

The Minister, who inspected the 102-year-old Victoria Hospital and the Vani Vilas Hospital, told presspersons that a committee had been formed to come out with a master plan for the improvement of infrastructure in these hospitals.

The committee comprises the Principal Secretary for Public Works, the Principal Secretary for Medical Education, the Principal Secretary for Health and Family Welfare, the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Commissioners, the Director for Medical Education, the Medical Superintendents of the hospitals, the Chief Engineer and the Chief Architect.

He said that he would hold a meeting with the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister on the issue and also place the matter before the Cabinet, after which the funds would be sanctioned.

The Government also proposed to increase the bed strength of the Victoria Hospital from 764 to 1000.

Mr. Revanna informed that eight floors would be added to the existing Victoria Hospital building at a cost of Rs. 8 crores and the more than 50-year-old "Sirur" block would be converted into an emergency block of six floors at a cost of Rs. 8 crores. A four-lane pathway would come up inside the hospital premises.

Training centre

The Vani Vilas Hospital would get a new teaching and training centre, a dining hall, a pharmacy and well-equipped laboratory. Nurses' and doctor's quarters would also come up on the hospital's premises. The old building of the nursing college, which is situated on a three-acre plot, would be demolished and a new building would be constructed, the Minister said.

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