March 13, 2010

14 Railway Medical colleges soon!

The railway medical college announced by Mamata in her first budget of UPA-II was put on hold since it didn't have the required land and clearances from various departments. Mysore is among the 14 centres, which has been granted railway medical colleges, which will be attached to the railway hospitals.

But the city railway officials said the proposed college is back on track. An Expression of Interest (EoI) is likely to be called shortly to implement the project, they added.

The project was on hold since the railway officials could not find the required 25-acre land for the college, a pre-condition to start a medical college as specified by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The railway officials had identified an 18-acre land belonging to the Railway Central Workshop in the city. They had also approached the MCI seeking exemption in this regard. ``It also eyed 15-acre land attached to the Sandalwood Factory, which abuts the identified site. The railways approached the Sandalwood Factory in December and there was no response to it,'' sources said.

After instructions from the Railway Board recently, officials identified and earmarked the 18-acre land near central workshop in Ashokapuram. The decision regarding the same was convened to the ministry.

The Mysore divisional railway manager B B Verma told TOI that the Railway Board will soon invite EoI for the proposed project. The EoI is likely to be called for all the proposed 14 colleges, which is a public-private initiative.

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