Pradeep Pattanayak

The proposal of the Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) to start the Mahanadi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Talcher of Angul district got the nod of the Odisha government on Thursday. 

The Talcher medical college will not only help people of Angul and adjacent districts get quality health care facilities, but also strengthen the efforts of the State government to improve the capacity of the medical education institutions in the State. 

While the Health and Family Welfare Department will run the medical college and hospital, MCL will provide the necessary funds. 

The medical college, spread over 20 acres of land provided by the State government and constructed by MCL, will have 100 seats capacity admission per year and the hospital has facilities with 500 beds.

Notably, MCL had initially tried to operate the college and hospital through PPP mode. However, later MCL, based on conversation between the Union Minister of Coal and Chief Minister, had sent a proposal to the State government to take over the responsibility of operating the medical college and hospital.