PGIMER gets environmental nod for neuroscience centre

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Chandigarh, July 12:The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has got environmental clearance for the advanced neurosciences centre to set up on the campus.

Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change gave in-principle approval to the 300-bed project to be constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 495 crore.

He said work for the construction of the project had been awarded to HSCC Limited, also known as Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation Limited, a “Mini Ratna” Government of India Enterprise.

It would take nearly four years to complete the project, he said. The construction work would start next week, said an officer of the institute.

The centre will also act as a training centre for neurospecialists from across the country.

The PGI administration had cleared the project long back, but the master plan of the project was approved in 2015.

HLL Infra Tech Services Ltd, executing agency of the PGI, invited bids for the construction of the advanced mother and child centre, which will be a 430-bed unit for improving obstetric and neonatal tertiary care. It will have a neonatal intensive care unit with advanced services, foetal medicine unit, robotic surgery, human milk bank, advanced infertility services and reproductive endocrinology.

About the centre

The advanced neurosciences centre will offer timely, affordable and advanced treatment for neurological and neuroscience disorders. With a number of operation theatres, ICUs and ventilators, the centre will have additional facilities such as ‘brain suite’, mapping, invasive neurophysiological techniques and advanced imaging technology.