The Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (Balco), which is a part of the Vedanta Group, will spend INR 300 crore in building a cancer hospital and research centre here, officials. “The state government has given a 41 acre plot of land free of cost to Balco at village Saddu in capital Raipur to build the cancer hospital,” an official said. The land has been handed given to the company for a 30-year lease period. Balco will develop the hospital, the first of its kind in the state, within 18 months of the beginning of construction in November this year. India’s ninth largest state in terms of area, Chhattisgarh has an estimated population of 20.08 million but lacks medical and health care facilities. Balco has assured the government that it will treat poor people for free at its hospital.