The state government on Wednesday has handed over 179.82 acres of land to the central government at free of cost for the construction of an AIIMS-like super-speciality hospital at Kalyani in Nadia.
Avijit Bhattacharjee, Additional District Magistrate (L&LR) of Nadia said that the state government handed over the land to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at free of cost. The government valuation of the land is over Rs 57.30 crore.
The land located at Bashantapur area under Kalyani police station which is about 1.5 km away from the NH-34. The registration of the land took place on Wednesday. The state government had sanctioned the land for the hospital on May 29.
Bikramjit Chowdhury, Under Secretary of Union Ministry of Health and Family and Welfare, Munmun Das, assistant secretary of the state health department along with Bhattacharjee visited the spot on Wednesday morning.
It has been learnt that the Centre has already floated the tender for the construction of boundary wall of the hospital. The construction work of the boundary wall will start within February, if everything goes as per plan. The Detailed Project Report is under process.
Mamata Banerjee government chose Kalyani over Raiganj in North Dinajpur district for AIIMS like hospital because of its proximity to Calcutta. The Centre had in March approved the setting up the hospital at Basantapur after Banerjee had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The initial outlay of the project has been estimated around Rs 823 crore.
Union Health Ministry had drawn a plan to set up metro connectivity for Nadia town and also planning to set up a market complex, bus terminus near the proposed hospital. The site is around 45 Km from Kolkata. The place is located on a link road that serves as the gateway to Kalyani town. As a part of Centre’s plan the link will be converted into four-lane artery.
Incidentally it may be mentioned that Banerjee as a Railway Minister had announced a survey for the Barrackpore – Kalyani Metro project in 2011. The proposed network was to extend the Metro network till Diamond Harbour, Kalyani , Dhulagarh and Singur.