Pune: 100 Bed ESIC Hospital For Baramati, Ajit Pawar Focus Improving Baramati Infrastructure

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Tikam Shekhawat

Pune, 22nd February 2024: The Ministry of Labor, through its ESIC department under the Central Government, has approved the establishment of a 100-bed hospital for Baramati.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar announced on Wednesday that, considering the anticipated growth in industrial infrastructure, a proposal will be submitted to the Central Labor Ministry to upgrade the hospital to a 200-bed facility. The necessary land will be provided by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).

In response to the demands of the Baramati Industrial Estate Association and to take necessary action, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar chaired a meeting with relevant bureaucrats at his office yesterday. Among those present were Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant, Dhananjay Jamadar, president of the Baramati Industrial Estate Organization, Rajgopal Devara, Additional Chief Secretary of the Revenue Department, O.P. Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary of the Finance Department, Abha Shukla, Principal Secretary of the Energy Department, Ashish Sharma, State Tax Commissioner, Harshadeep Kamble, Principal Secretary of the Industry Department, Saurabh Vijay, Principal Secretary of the Finance Department, and Bipin Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).

Deputy Chief Minister Pawar mentioned that ESIC had initially requested five acres of land for the 100-bed hospital. However, considering the area’s development, increasing population, and future needs, it is deemed necessary to establish a 200-bed hospital. A formal proposal will be sent to ESIC, and additional land will be allocated by MIDC as required.
Baramati is recognized as a significant hub for agricultural and industrial exports. Ajit Pawar emphasized plans to propose a Dry Port at Baramati to the central government. In terms of facility improvement, he stated that efforts will be made to expedite the provision of modern equipment for the Baramati MIDC Fire Station.

During the meeting, it was observed that currently, revenue taxes are imposed on MIDC plots based on either the Ready Reckoner Value or the ‘Cost Proposed by MIDC,’ whichever is higher. This results in higher costs for businesses. To address this issue, Pawar assured that measures will be taken to alleviate this burden. Furthermore, to enhance power availability at Pandare MIDC and support small industries in the region, an express feeder will be established. Additionally, two Power Sub-Stations will be installed at Dhakale and Mudhal locations to strengthen the infrastructure.