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Project to upgrade B Borooah Cancer Institute
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, April 19 The project to turn Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) into a centre of excellence is on tracks. The revitalisation project envisages upgrade of Phase-IV (RPP-IV) at a total cost of Rs 197.49 crore.

During his visit to the cancer hospital on Friday, Dr Manmohan Singh would be briefed about the Revitalization Project Phase-IV (RPP-IV) for upgradation of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute to a centre of excellence, said official sources here.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate the physical facility of the state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator with Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and SRS/SRT, commissioned with grants-in-aid from North Eastern Council (NEC) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

RPP-IV is being jointly implemented by the NEC, DAE and the Government of Assam and targeted for completion by March, 2017. In this connection, the Fourth Tripartite Agreement has been signed by NEC, DAE and Assam Government. The revitalisation project- Phase-IV, at a total cost of Rs.197.49 crore will be implemented from April to March 31, 2017 by NEC, DAE and Government of Assam, said sources.

The total share of NEC, DAE and Government of Assam would be Rs122.40 crore, Rs 39.41 crore and Rs 35.59 crore, respectively.

The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Paban Singh Ghatowar, who is also chairman of North Eastern Council (NEC), will also be present at the briefing.

Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute was established in 1973 and Government of India recognised it as a Regional Cancer Centre in the year 1980. Later on, Government of Assam took over the management of the institute from the Board of Trustee in 1986. The institute is being developed as an institution of excellence and has all the modern infrastructure facilities and experts for cancer treatment.

The Institute has a 200 bedded hospital spread over a plot of land measuring 15 acres. In addition, there is a 100-bedded guest house for ambulatory patients. About 8500 new patients and 50,000 old patients visit the institute every year.

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