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Vedanta lays foundation stone of Government Medical College in Kalahandi, Odisha

Updated: Nov 28, 2016 18:05 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 28 (ANI): Vedanta Limited, a globally diversified natural resources company, has partnered with the State Government of Odisha to set-up a Government Medical College in Bhangabari at Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi District.

The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone of the facility at a grand ceremony last week. The company has projected an estimated investment of Rs. 100 crore to provide infrastructural support for the project.

As a long term investor in Odisha, in August 2016, Chairman Vedanta, Anil Agarwal had committed Vedanta's support to the project of setting up the medical college, as Vedanta aims to support the development goals of its host communities.

The state-of-the-art hospital will provide easy access to medical treatments for the communities residing in the region. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2018 and the first batch of academic session would graduate from 2019-20. Improved medical and educational facilities for the community provide a stronger platform for the communities to broaden the base for an inclusive economic growth.

Bimalananda Senapati, Plant Head, Vedanta Limited at Lanjigarh, represented Vedanta on the dias, while the inauguration was attended by over 40,000 people from across the district. Policymakers from the state including Pradip Amat, Minister of Finance and Health and Puspendra Singh Deo, Minister of Urban Development accompanied the Chief Minister on stage, along with Arka Keshari Singh Deo, MP - Kalahandi, Balabhadra Majhi, MLA - Lanjigarh, Capt. Dibya Shankar Mishra, MLA - Narla, Dr. Brundha D. - Collector and District Magistrate, Kalahandi. (ANI)