The Chennai Corporation has dropped its proposal to build a medical college in Madambakkam.

The approach road to the 33-acre plot of land is just 24 feet wide, which is inadequate for the construction of a multi-storey building, officials said. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority only issues planning permission for multi-storey building on plots that have approach roads that are at least 60 feet wide.

As the area is beyond Corporation limits and the plot is surrounded by residential buildings that come under the purview of a local body, the use of the Transfer of Development Rights system to acquire land may also run into resistance, an official said.

Senior Corporation officials inspected the land on Monday to chalk out an alternative strategy.

The proposal for a medical college and 600-bed hospital in Madambakkam was mooted a few years ago.

However, the civic body has already decided to set up a small 10-bed leprosy hospital on the plot at a cost of Rs. 2 crore. The Corporation Council has passed a resolution to request the government to sanction the construction of this hospital and appoint employees for it.

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