In a first of its kind in Asia, a Rs 100 crore earthquake-resistant hospital providing advanced treatment in the field of liver and biliary sciences will start functioning in the national capital. “The mission of this institute is to become a dedicated international centre of excellence for the diagnosis, management and advanced training and research in the field of liver diseases,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said after inspecting progress of hospital work at Vasant Kunj in South-West Delhi. The Chief Minister also directed PWD officials to speed up all works related to construction in a time-bound manner. In the first phase about 180 beds would become operational, 74 of which would cater as Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, the statement added. The second phase of the construction of the hospital would be done by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), according to a statement here. Project Director Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences S K Sarin said, “the Institute will have a separate department to promote basic and translational research in the area of Hepatobiliary Sciences primarily.” The department of hepatobiliary medicine would be the first dedicated department in the country for patients of hepatobiliary diseases and will have transplant hepatology and paediatric hepatology as independent units, he added.