The Tamil Nadu Government said the new eight-storey building would be constructed on 10 acres of the erstwhile Central Prison land. The present college building will be used as part of the expansion project for the Government General Hospital.

The Tamil Nadu government today said a new state-of-the-art building would be constructed for the Madras Medical College, at an estimated cost of Rs. 70 crore.

The new eight-storey building would come up on 10 acres on the erstwhile Central prison land and would have all facilities for medical students, a State government release here said.

The need for a new building arose as the present building, located near the Government General Hospital (GH), was aging and some hardships faced by patients coming to the GH, it said.

Once vacated, the present building will be used as part of GH expansion, a move already announced by State government and construction of the new building would start following floating of tenders in the third week of December, the release said.