Bidar to get 750-bed teaching hospital
The State Cabinet’s decision to build a 750-bed teaching hospital for the Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences (BRIMs) fulfils a long-pending demand. This will ensure that the people of the district get access to quality healthcare and need not travel to Hyderabad or Solapur for tertiary care.
Bidar was not on the list of districts in which the State government had decided to open five new government medical colleges in 2005. Continued agitation by citizens’ groups, such as the Government Medical College Horata Samiti, forced the government to concede the demand.
The initial plans of the government had funds earmarked for the college building, but not for the teaching hospital. Students were tagged to the district government hospital. The construction of a new hospital was delayed so much so that the first batch of MBBS students passed out of the college without having ever worked in an exclusive teaching hospital. Another important proposal that was cleared was the construction of four bridges on the Manjra to enable easy movement between Bidar, Aurad, Basavakalyan and Bhalki taluks. “This was among our longest-pending demands. We welcome the Cabinet’s decision,” Ishwar Khandre, Bhalki MLA, said. He, however, demanded that the government start work on the bridges soon.
Another proposal, to develop ring roads around Bidar at a cost of Rs. 9 crore, was also approved. A team led by officials such as the district in-charge Secretary E.V. Ramana Reddy and Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer had taken up the matter with the Ministers concerned and senior officials, sources said.
Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike protested in Bidar on Thursday against the decision not to release additional funds for the Basavakalyan Development Board. They urged the government to release Rs. 500 crore for the board.