Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati during her first Cabinet meeting in 2007 had announced to set up seven super specialty hospitals equivalent to Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Post Graduate Medical Sciences in order to strengthen medical facility in the state and to provide free medical facility to poor. However, four years down the line the project has failed to meet the desired results.

The hospitals were meant to provide free medical aid to 25 per cent patients comprising 10 per cent of SC/ST and the rest to the BPL card holders.   

The government had fixed a time limit of three years for completion of the project, but going by the pace of the construction work, the project has a long way to go.

According to the plan, medical colleges were to be set up at Jalaun, Azamgarh, Ambedakar Nagar and Saharanpur. About 70 per cent construction work has been completed at Saharanpur where the Out Patient Door (OPD) facility is unlikely to start before July. The situation in Azamgarh and Jalaun seems to be the same.

However, the work in the home district of Medical Education Minister Lalji Verma, Ambedkar Nagar is in full swing. In Lucknow, the land was identified at Gomti Nagar for the hospital but the efforts went in vain. Bijnor was on the top of the list but no work could start here and the same is the case with Agra.

However, the state government can put forth the ongoing work at Noida and in Banda as its achievements, but these places were not mentioned in the first announcement. A 300-bedded super specialty hospital worth Rs 587 crore is coming up at sector 30 of Noida. Similarly, the construction work at Banda is also in the full swing.

As per the Chief Minister’s announcement, it was proposed that these institutions would be based on public private partnership (PPP) model. But following the lack of adequate bidders for the project, the state government decided to go on its own.

However, the Director General of Medical Education, Dr Saudan Singh, said the OPD facilities in Noida, Azamgarh and Saharanpur would start by next month.