Cuttack: SCB Medical College Redevelopment Project To Start in September

The ambitious project to redevelop the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack will likely commence in September this year. The project came into the spotlight after a review meeting was recently organised under the State’s pioneering 5T program, chaired by State Works Secretary Kishan Kumar. The Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation, which comes under the ambit of the state works department, is the implementing agency of the redevelopment project.

Issues plaguing the project, like re-routing of electric lines, shifting of overhead tanks, demolition of vacated buildings and tree cutting and transplantation were discussed in the meeting. Sources in the know said that around forty-one buildings, mostly abandoned and dilapidated government quarters, shall be demolished to make ground for the project. Furthermore, the matter of approval of the master plan by the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) and an Environmental Impact Assessment clearance by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board was also discussed in the meeting.

Similarly, issues like acquisition and demolition of buildings adjoining the ring road, land acquisition and construction of the left and right outer access roads and the identification and acquisition of land for a public-private-partnership (PPP) project also figured in the meeting. Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central Division) Anil Samal and District Collector (Cuttack) BS Chayan also contributed to the proceedings via virtual mode.

An initial target to complete the first phase of the redevelopment of the premier healthcare project has been set for January 2024. Accordingly, the timelines have been framed to take care of persistent issues. “We are confident of initiating the construction work by September and of completing the project within the schedule,” a senior works department official said. The land acquisition process for the same has already been completed.

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