NEW DELHI, JULY 23: The
60th meeting of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was held
here yesterday under the chairmanship of Governor N. N.
Vohra, Chairman of the Shrine Board.
The Board reviewed the pace of
work on its various upcoming major infrastructure projects
and took decisions in regard to a number of important
Dr. E. Sreedharan, Dr. S. S.
Bloeria, Mrs. Sudha Murty, Dr. Ashok Bhan, Mr. H. L. Maini,
Mr. Justice (Retd) Permod Kohli, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Shiv Kumar
Sharma and Mr. B. B. Vyas, all Board Members, Mr. Ajeet
Kumar Sahu, Chief Executive Officer and Dr. M. K. Kumar and
Mr. Anshul Garg, Additional CEOs of the Shrine Board,
attended the meeting.
After viewing a detailed
presentation made by the School of Planning and Architecture
(SPA), New Delhi, regarding the construction of the
autonomous complex of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of
Nursing, Kakryal, and allied infrastructure, the Board
approved the Master Plan as well as the architectural and
structural designs of the Nursing College. It is pertinent
to recall that the Board had earlier decided to appoint the
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, for
preparing the Master Plan of the Shrine area and of the
Nursing College in the first instance.
From among various options
presented by the Architect, appointed after following a
competitive bidding process, the Board also approved the
architectural design and facade of the various buildings
which shall comprise the College Complex.
The autonomous complex of the
Nursing College shall be constructed by utilising green
technologies and will comprise the administrative and
academic blocks; hostels for students pursuing
undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph. D courses; residential
accommodation for faculty, staff and the Principal of the
College; open air theatre; a facilities block comprising
shops, cafeteria, recreational hall for students; playfields
etc. Other works to be taken up under the Master Plan of the
Nursing College include landscaping, land and road
development, construction of green corridor, electric
sub-station, water harvesting, sewage treatment plant and
provision of solar power system for all the buildings. This
entire complex, estimated to cost about Rs. 100 crore, will
be constructed within the next three years in a phased
Keeping in view the arising
residential accommodation requirements for paramedics and
other staff of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana
Superspeciality Hospital, Kakryal, the Board approved the
architectural designs for the construction of the planned
residential accommodation of the Hospital staff. The
Sushruta Bhawan-II and Charak Bhawan-II, both 7 storey each,
will cost about Rs 15.20 crore.
The Governor directed that the
construction of the entire Nursing College Complex should be
done on fast track basis so that it is completed well within
the scheduled time frame and ensure against any time and
cost over runs. CEO was directed to ensure maximum possible
utilisation of green technologies, besides rain water and
solar power harvesting, in all the buildings of the Nursing
College as well as in respect of the Sushruta Bhawan-II and
Reviewing the future
requirements of the Superspeciality Hospital, Kakryal,
particularly in terms of augmenting the diagnostic and
treatment facilities, the Board approved the procurement of
PET-CT Scanner for the Hospital which will become
operational by December 2017. This facility, not presently
available elsewhere in the State will, interalia, immensely
help in early diagnosis of cancer.
While deliberating on the
Master Plan vis-a-vis future expansion of the Hospital
Complex, the Board discussed the modalities for setting up
of a Medical College at Kakryal and asked the CEO to take
the required advance action for the execution of this
flagship project of the Shrine Board.
The Board also approved the
issuance of NOC for construction of Railway tunnels in an
area owned by the Shrine Board, as part of the Katra-Reasi
sector of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project.
The Board also approved the temporary alienation of Board’s
land to the Railways for facilitating dumping of the muck to
be excavated from the Tunnel Project.