BHUBANESWAR: The proposed medical college and hospital of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) will start functioning by 2019, said MCL CMD AK Jha on Tuesday.
“MCL has made significant progress in setting up its proposed state-of-art medical college and hospital in Talcher Coalfields of Odisha. The project work is scheduled to be completed in two and half years time from the current fiscal. The academic session will commence from 2019-20,” said Jha.
He said the construction work for Rs.491,62 crore 100-seat medical college at Talcher has already been commenced and is in full swing.
MCL earmarks 2% of its profit towards CSR projects and has been targeting an expenditure of Rs.100 crore per annum. During last 5 years, it has spent Rs.373 crore out of the total sanctioned project of worth Rs.1200 crore, he added.
MCL, the top most coal producer in the country, had envisaged an ambitious CSR project of setting up a 100-seated medical college with a 500-bed modern hospital in Talcher at a cost of Rs. 494 crore.
The state-of-the-art medical college of MCL on 20 acres of land in Talcher will have separate academic and residential blocks with 300-bedded Nehru Shatabadi Central Hospital of MCL in Talcher will be upgraded to 500 bed linking to upcoming medical college.