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A three-decade-old dream is fi­nally tak­ing shape. Neu­ro­sciences is the spe­cialty that gave the PGI a dis­tinct iden­tity, and this cen­tre was in fact first pro­posed in 1980, but fi­nan­cial and other pri­or­i­ties meant it re­mained on the back­burner, de­spite the fact that ev­ery year, PGI treats around 80,000 peo­ple suf­fer­ing from neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems. EX­PANSE AND EX­PENSE

The 280-bed cen­tre would be the big­gest cen­tre in adult health at the in­sti­tute in terms of beds. Apart from the 150 beds in gen­eral wards, it would have a 30-bed ICU, two-op­er­a­tion the­atres (OT), one rou­tine OT with eight ta­bles and an­other emer­gency OT with two ta­bles. There would also be around 25 pri­vate rooms.

Of the Rs 272 crore sought as of now, Rs 144 crore is for cap­i­tal work and Rs 100 crore for equip­ment. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the work would be com­pleted in sev­eral phases and would cost be­tween Rs 500 and Rs 700 crore.

“It per­haps was the first cen­tre pro­posed at the PGI, and now we see the dream turn­ing into re­al­ity,” said Dr Sudesh Prab­hakar, head, depart­ment of neu­rol­ogy, PGI.

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