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SevenHills May Make Way For AIIMS Or Second Tata Cancer Hub

MUMBAI: If the Centre approves, the sprawling Seven Hills Hospital complex in Marol could transform into an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) or a second cancer-care campus for Tata Memorial Hospital within the city limits.
“We are in a position to start a civic hospital right away, but we want to develop SevenHills Hospital into a national centre for excellence,” said a senior BMC official after the apex court ruled in its favour in the SevenHills case.

Former state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote to Union health minister Harsh Vadhan three months ago with a proposal to transform it into AIIMS. While the Centre allots only one AIIMS per state (with the exception of Uttar Pradesh) and Maharashtra already has one planned in Nagpur, BMC officials hope the Centre will consider the SevenHills plan.

While the land on which SevenHills stands belongs to the civic body, the court order allows it to take back the structure constructed on it as well. The SevenHills complex has 1,496 beds and 32 operation theatres, including specialized ones for transplants. “We not only have the land, but there is a readymade hospital that could be used for the people,” the official said.

The land value of the property comes up to Rs 1,600 crore due to the FSI of 4 granted to healthcare structures while the cost of the infrastructure built on it has been estimated around Rs 400 crore, taking the total cost of the property to Rs 2,000 crore, said civic officials.

The BMC hasn’t pursued the AIIMS proposal aggressively as it was awaiting the Supreme Court ruling. AIIMS hospitals directly work under the ministry of health and family welfare, resulting in better budgets, well-developed specialties and adequate doctors as they offer MBBS as well as post-graduate courses. A civic official said if the Union government doesn’t warm up to the AIIMS idea, the corporation may offer the hospital to the country’s premier cancer hub, Tata Memorial Hospital.

When contacted, additional municipal commissioner Dr Ashwini Joshi said, “Any decision with regards to SevenHills Hospital has to be taken by the corporation.” SevenHills was to be a public-private partnership (PPP) between the BMC and SevenHills Healthcare owner Jitendra Das Maganti, with the BMC seeking free beds and treatment. But the PPP experiment failed for the BMC.

Joshi went to Delhi three times for the SevenHills matter. “It’s a three-judge bench order and cannot be changed,” she said. “I have been to the site myself and have seen how crucial resources are going waste. Despite building 1,496 beds, only 45 beds are in use at present. That is when we decided to take the matter head-on,” said Joshi.-Times Of India

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