CM lays foundation stone for eye hospital, ITI

Berhampur: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stones for Tata Steel funded 100-beded super specialty eye care hospital and an ITI by NTPC at Hinjili in Ganjam district.

The MoU with NTPC for seetting up the ITI at Bhusanda was signed by the government recently.

“It will be a world class ITI and every year, around 200 skilled students will pass from this institute,” chief minister said at a public meeting at Sheragada, about 50-km from here.

The proposed ITI will be constructed at a cost of Rs 7.72 crore. It will have civil work for workshop, academic building, a hostel building as well as plant and machineries.

It will also have advanced vocational training facilities in manufacturing, automobile, electricals and others to cater the high-end finishing skill training, officials said.

The eye hospital to be built on 4.5 acres of land, will be run by Tamil Nadu-based Sankara Eye Hospital and offer modern eye care services to the people of Ganjam and nearby districts.

Chief minister handed over a cheque of Rs 6.7 crore to Sankara Eye Hospital authorities, as a part of the grant of Tata Steel for construction of the hospital.

In January 2015, a grant agreement was signed between Tata Steel and Sankara Eye Hospital to extend of financial support as a grant up to Rs 42.3 crore for the construction of the hospital and the required infrastructure, sources in the steel major said.

Tata Steel had earlier provided Rs 3 crore for the purpose.

The hospital will have facilities like comprehensive eye care, investigations and outpatient treatment, low vision and contact lens clinics, special clinic for children, day care options like same day surgeries and glaucoma services among others.

Tata Steel is also setting up a 500 beded multi- specialty hospitals at Sitalapali near Gopalpur.

Patnaik also laid the foundation stones for eight different projects for Berhampur University, including its satellite campus at Rayagada and first cluster university at Berhampur.

The cluster university would come up by upgrading the 137-year old Khallikote autonomous college here under Rashtriya Uttachatara Sikshya Abiyana (RUSA, a centrally sponsored programme.

The university will celebrate golden jubilee next year and the government has sanctioned Rs 23 crore for the first phase work, officials in it said.