Devi Shetty To Team Up with Govt to Build New Hospital

shettyIt will be a multispeciality hospital with a cardiac focus, and will come up in Shivajinagar

After Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Bengaluru, declined a state government proposal to set up a cardiac hospital in the heart of the city in Shivajinagar, the 20,000 sq ft government land has been allotted to Dr Devi Shetty (in pic), head of Narayana Health, to construct the 100-bed hospital on Broadway Road.

According to sources, the state government had listed this prime property at the Global Investors’ meet but no investor showed interest. A few elected representatives approached Dr CN Manjunath, director of Jayadeva Institute, to take up the project but he refused stating his hands were full with several other projects, including in Mysuru and Kalaburgi.

The same team of elected representatives then met Dr Shetty with the offer and he agreed. On Friday, Shetty met chief minister Siddaramaiah and discussed the project. Siddaramaiah agreed to hand over the land to Dr Shetty under the maintenance and operation contract under a PPP model for the next 30 years. It will be a multispeciality hospital, but with a cardiac focus.

Confirming this, infrastructure minister R Roshan Baig, who is also a local MLA from Shivajinagar, told BM: “We had first approached Dr Manjunath and pleaded him to set up a cardiac hospital there, but he refused. Following this, we approached Dr Shetty and he agreed immediately. The BBMP has passed a resolution and is will construct the building for the hospital at a cost of about Rs 11.5 crore. Dr Shetty will pool in for infrastructure at a cost of Rs 20 crore, to start with.”

Dr Manjunath, director of Jayadeva, said: “We have a centre that is purely for cardiac patients with Employee State Insurance scheme. We also have centres at Kalburgi and Mysuru. In all, we have 1,150 beds, the highest in southeast Asia. If we take up the project, our mother unit would suffer, which is why we refused.”

According to MK Gunashekhar, Jayamahal ward corporator, the existing land had a small dispensary and a part of the land in the surrounding area was encroached upon. “The hospital is focused on providing treatment to urban poor,” he said.

However, the treatment will not be completely free. Baig said: “We will cover the treatment under all government insurance schemes like Vajpayee Arogyashree, etc.”

Narayana Health has hospitals at Bommasandra (main campus), HSR Layout, Whitefield and an exclusive cardiac facility at MS Ramaiah Hospital.

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