Monday, August 1, 2011

Indian firm to set up USD 200 mn medical hub in Maldives

Officials said India may train Maldivian diplomats ahead of the 17th SAARC Summit in November.Terming the Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital, set up by India here, as the "most visible symbol of our bilateral relationship", Krishna said extensive renovation work of the hospital is being undertaken by the Indian government.Naseem thanked India for all the assistance and said New Delhi has a very "close relationship" with people of Maldives. "We are very grateful to all the assistance".Maldives is known for its high end -- and now growing mid-end -- tourist resorts that bring in almost one million tourists a year.IDC completed signing a historic set of agreements involving at least eight ministries in Maldives in the first such multi-sectoral effort to usher in global standard education, healthcare and medical treatment facilities.The project cost is pegged at USD 200 million and will take at least three years to be completed in phases.IDC has already taken over a 150-bed hospital in the south central province of Gan, one of the largest islands in Maldives, that is slated to become the next urban centre with the capacity for growth and development, an IDC official said.Under the project, IDC has planned a 300-room Indian ocean medical resort along with a wellness centre to give tourism a new dimension in this country.Maldives Minister of State for Health Abdul Bari said "the PPP partnership in the hospital operations and medical education will give the people of Maldives a very needed service within the country" and hoped that IDC would expand the hospital to cater to the entire country.Maldives Tourism Minister Mariyam Zulfa said the IDC project had "great potential." The project will be implemented on an 80-acre plot.PTI MPB RBS


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