The Hinduja group has evinced an interest to set up a state-of-the-art medicity near Kolkata. The proposed medicity will house a medical college, a dental college, a nurses’ training college and a super-speciality hospital. This was announced by West Bengal’s commerce & industries minister Nirupam Sen recently. Talking to newsmen Mr Sen said: “We met Hinduja group supremo Ashok P Hinduja last Wednesday at Mumbai urging him to invest in West Bengal. Mr Hinduja expressed his interest to make a foray into the state’s health sector. He is keen to set up a medicity or a multi-speciality hospital in West Bengal. If we can provide 50 acres, then he is willing to set up a medicity. For a multi-speciality hospital, the land requirement will be much less.” The minister has already informed the state health department about the Hinduja group’s proposal. In fact, the Hinduja group at the recently held World Economic Forum in Davos had indicated that it has firmed up plans to invest $1 billion in India’s commercial healthcare industry by setting up specialty hospitals in several cities. The Hindujas are already present in the health care sector in India. They have set up P D Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Centre in Mumbai. The state government has also urged the Hinduja group to make some investments in the proposed PCPIR at Haldia and adjoining areas (including Nayachara island). “Hindujas have already decided to set up a refinery somewhere in western India. We have urged them to set up a cracker unit at PCPIR,” said Sabyasachi Sen, the commerce and industries secretary, who was also present at the press conference.


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