Railway Board says the city will be considered after completion of Phase 1 projects

Mysore appears to have missed the train for a Railway Medical College that was announced in the 2009-10 Railway Budget, despite Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge hailing from Karnataka and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah belonging to the heritage city.

The then Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee had announced to establish 18 medical colleges attached to the Railway Hospitals, while presenting the budget on July 3, 2009.

Ms. Banerjee had said the colleges would be set up through public-private partnership, to provide higher education for Railway employees’ children.

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Bangalore-based Sanjeev Dyamannavar, who follows developments in the Railways, sought to know the progress in establishing these colleges under the Right to Information Act.

The Railway Board, in its reply on April 22, said that of the 18 medical colleges, five hospitals — Chennai (500 beds), Secunderabad (300 beds), Guwahati (317 beds), Lucknow (275 beds) and Kharagpur (340 beds) — were being considered as they meet the standards of the Medical Council of India.

The Board said RITES Ltd. had submitted a feasibility report and bid documents for the PPP project for three colleges, while the process was on for Lucknow and Guwahati. It said the rest of the 13 locations, including Mysore, would be considered only after completion of the Phase 1 projects.

Mr. Dyamannavar told The Hindu that the 101-bed Mysore Railway Hospital would have been an ideal location to set up the college.

The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board was ready to offer additional land, if required, to expand the hospital, he said.

As PPP models have not been very successful, the State government, the Railways and the Ministry of Human Resource Development should come together to set up the medical college in Mysore, he said.