NEW DELHI: In a unique initiative, the Delhi government has decided to set up a rooftop helipad at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Science (ILBS), as part of the second phase expansion of the hospital.
With this feature, ILBS will become the first-ever government hospital to have air ambulance services.
A tripartite agreement between the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Directorate of Health Services and ILBS authorities for the construction of phase-II of the hospital has been signed.
A senior DMRC official said, "The construction of the helipad on the roof of ILBS phase-II will be accomplished in the next few months, as DMRC has invited bids for construction. The approximate cost of the work will be around Rs 1 crore."
ILBS currently is running with a bed capacity of around 155. After its extension under phase-II, the number of beds will be increased to a whopping 549.
According to a senior Delhi government official, "The Delhi government Cabinet has done re-evaluated of the budget for the extension under the second phase. The budget has been increased from Rs 389 crore to Rs 497.72 crore."
In addition to the increase in number of beds, work regarding super-speciality, teaching and training facility and advanced research facility with semi-automated parking and emergency facilities are also being created at the institute.
The Delhi government has also decided to extend the existing subsidy to domestic electricity consumers up to 400 units per month for the financial year 2017-18. A decision regarding the same was taken by the Cabinet recently.
A senior doctor at ILBS said, "Thousands of patients from Delhi and nearby states come to the hospital daily. There was a long demand for the extension of this hospital. With the approval of the hospital's extension, the Delhi government has given a big gift to the people of Delhi."