CHANDIGARH: In order to ensure opening of the upcoming Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Medicity at New Chandigarh (Mohali), Punjab Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, has started weekly review of the progress of prestigious project, while asking all the stakeholders to ensure that the ultra-modern cancer tertiary care facility is made operational by November.

The Chief Secretary was jointly reviewing progress of the project with Director Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai Dr RA Badwe, Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education Alok Shekhar and Principal Secretary PWD Vivek Pratap, here. She had visited the project site to review the progress and assess the current status of the ambitious health institution, coming up in the vicinity of Chandigarh PGIMER, last week.

It was decided at the meeting that all pending works in C-wing shall be completed before September 15 in order to enable the installation of radiology equipment at the earliest.

In order to make functional the essential facilities like patient care areas and installation of machines, Ms Mahajan said the installation of the Linac machine in D-wing should begin from September 3. She also enquired about the status of various hospital and office furniture.

Dr RA Badwe apprised the Chief Secretary that the procurement of furniture and other equipment was on track and will be delivered onsite within the fixed timeframe.

Expressing satisfaction over the progress, Ms Mahajan asked the entire project executing team to achieve and finish targets as per the schedule as the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has also desired to make available the 300-bed state-of-the-art cancer hospital to the people at the earliest, which would provide tertiary care medical services to the entire northern region.

Notably, the Punjab Government has provided 50 acres of land free of cost for the
prestigious project being set up with a sanctioned cost of Rs 663.74-crore. The cancer care center will be equipped with high-end diagnostic and treatment facilities such as two linear accelerators, brachytherapy, PECT CT, bone marrow transplant (BMT), CT simulator, MR simulator, interventional radiology and surgical facilities.

PHSC MD Tanu Kashyap, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan, Director Medical Education and Research Dr Sujata Sharma, Director HBCH&RC, New Chandigarh Dr Rakesh Kapoor, officer in-charge HBCH&RC New Chandigarh Dr Ashish Gulia, Assistant Medical Superintendent HBCH&RC Dr Nitin Marathe, SPCL head S Dixit, and AGM SPCL Dr Gurpreet Maan also attended the meeting.

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