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Times Of India
6 Jun 2012

Mumbai: A new healthcare facility for women and children suffering from cancer will soon be set up in Mumbai. To be build on a five-acre plot in Parel, the facility will be run by theTata MemorialCentre (TMC).

The TMC already runs 700–bed Tata Memorial Hospital for cancer patients near KEM hospital in Parel.

It had requested the state government for the allotment of the five–acre plot, which is owned by the state and leased to Haffkine Institute. On the basis of the request, the state medical education department has prepared a proposal for allotment of the land to the TMC. The proposal is scheduled to come up for discussion before the state cabinet on

Wednesday evening.

The TMC, which has procured equipment needed to run the facility, had cited lack of space on its campus to justify its request for land.

Whilethe regulatory council of Haffkine Institute objected to the proposal, it suggested that instead of transferring the lease of the plottoTMC,itcouldbe made a sub-lessee. It suggested that Haffkine, which has drafted plans for expansion, be permitted to retain the lease rent, proposed to be Rs 13.38 crore annually. This, it said, would supplement the grant–in–aid given by thestate government.

The state finance department has proposed that the TMC be permitted to retain 50% of the lease rent.

Sources said the proposal is expected to get the cabinet’s approval.

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