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Cabinet approves cost escalation of Command Hospital modernisation at Udhampur

The Union Cabinet toady approved a proposal for increase in the estimated cost of construction of a new multi-storeyed modern Command Hospital Complex and associated accommodation for the Army's Northern Command at Udhampur.

The project was earlier approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security on August 9, 2005 at an estimated cost of Rs.126.35 crore. The revised approved cost of the project is Rs.232.267 crore, an official press release said.

The Command Hospital would be a 650-bedded tertiary care and referral facility and is responsible for providing specialised medical care to personnel of the Armed Forces of the whole Northern Command.

"Since the hospital is presently housed mostly in old and dilapidated buildings of 1949 and 1960 vintage, there is an inescapable and urgent requirement of new hospital building," the release said.

The project will provide comprehensive medical care to troops and families of the Armed Forces, ex-servicemen and their families located in Northern Command and Jammu & Kashmir. It will also impart training to medical and paramedical personnel, the release added.

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