Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a 500-bed hospital to be built within the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) premise in Patna at the cost of Rs.284 crore.

The six-storied building will be completed in two years.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar, who has undertaken similar 'super-specialty' hospital projects more than a dozen time since becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar in 2005 many of whom failed to take off beyond the customary Detailed Project Report (DPR) and PowerPoint presentations, said that his ultimate goal was to build a 2500-bed hospital within the IGIMS campus starting with the next project involving a 1200-bed facility.

"We already have the DPR ready for a 1200-bed hospital that will soon be green-signaled by the government. This will be swiftly followed by the issuance of tender for the project so the project could begin without inordinate delay," Kumar said.

The Chief Minister further said that in order to make the IGIMS a world-class hospital, he was interested in following the model of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi that attracts patients from all over the country and even abroad.

Nitish Kumar speaking at the IGIMS in Patna on Tuesday.

Talking about the languishing Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Kumar said that he plans to make it the world's largest hospital by turning it into a 5400-bed facility.

"The DPR is ready and the government has already approved the project. The project should complete in three to four years in four phases," he said urging the doctors not only to focus on patient treatment but also on the research side of the medical science.

"Whatever money is needed, the government will pay for it," the Chief Minister said.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and many other NDA leaders were present on the occasion.

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