eHealth BureauVipul Ltd, one of the leading realty companies in the country, has inked an agreement with Sankara Eye Care Institution, the largest chain of community eye-care institute in the country, to develop the 1st specialised eye-care hospital of Punjab. Vipul Ltd has donated two acres of land within its flagship project in Punjab, Vipul World located at Ferozepur road, Ludhiana for the eye-hospital which will provide 80% treatment free to the poor and needy and 20% treatment would be on paid basis.To cater the need of quality healthcare, Sankara Eye Care Institutions will construct the hospital premises with an investment of INR 18 crore and will also manage its operations. The hospital will comprise single block comprising of 50,000 sq ft built up area incorporating G+2 floors which will cater to almost all treatments under the eye-care segment.The construction of the project is scheduled to start by the end of 2010 and become functional by mid-2011. This hospital project is supported by Sankara Eye Foundation, USA and Sankara Eye Foundation, Europe. It will perform more than 10,000 free eye surgeries every year as a part of Sankara’s ‘Vision 2020 by 2020’ programme which aims to provide the Gift of Vision to one million economically backward citizens annually through centers across India. Sankara will replicate its self sustaining model, of providing 80% free treatment to the economically less privileged and 20% paid patient treatment at the new Ludhiana Hospital.