SOUGHT: R272 CRORE
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.