Eyecare major Sankara Nethralaya is setting up a Rs 20-crore hospital at Mukundapur in Kolkata. The decision to enhance its presence in east, comes in the wake of it’s nearly 20% patient base concentration in West Bengal. This facility is expected to be commissioned by April. The new hospital, off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, will enable us to follow-up on our patients, especially since Bengali patients constitute nearly 18-20% of our 3.75 lakh plus patient base. Besides transplantation, the problems are maximum retinal-related. It will also house a research facility, where nanotechnology and stem cell technologies would be the thrust areas. They have been allotted land by the Paschim Banga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammelan, and the new facility is scheduled to be ready by April next year, coinciding with the Bengali New Year. The hospital also proposes to offer free service to 25% of the patients, who would be from the economically-weaker sections of the society.