Friday, June 25, 2021

AAI norms may derail Telangana government’s grand Chest Hospital plans

Hyderabad: The Telangana government may have grand plans for construction of a super-speciality hospital with a skyscraper of about 30 floors, but the Airports Authority of India (AAI) restrictions on height of buildings in Erragadda’s 62-acre Chest hospital may throw a spanner in the works.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has reportedly asked health department officials to check height restrictions in the area as it was about three to four km from Begumpet airport and close to the flight funnel, where only ground and two floors are permitted.

KCR has laid foundation for a super-speciality hospital in Warangal with 33 floors, which could be the tallest building in the second biggest city of Telangana, and a helipad on the terrace of the building. The cabinet has recently okayed construction of a super-speciality hospital on the premises of Chest hospital at Erragadda. Of the 62 acre land, the government has decided to utilise about 44 acres for construction of a new 1,500-bed hospital.

As of now, Gandhi hospital has eight floors, Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) 13 storeys and Osmania General Hospital (OGH) just five floors. A team headed by roads and buildings (R&B) minister would be visiting Canada to see the health infrastructure there and replicate them in the state, including Hyderabad.

“Of the proposed 1,500 beds in the hospital, 50% beds will be for chest-related issues, the rest will be allocated for allergic disorders and other combination problems like chest-cardiac and chest-gastric issues etc. The plans are being prepared now,” TS Medical Services Infrastructure Development Corporation managing director K Chandrasekhar Reddy said.

On the directions of the CM, minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav along with health department officials visited Chest Hospital on Thursday to prepare a comprehensive plan for construction of the proposed hospital. Health department officials said it was only a preliminary visit and plans would be readied with different options and heights and place before the CM for the final call.

25/06/21 Times of India

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