The Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals (NH) Group in Bangalore, India, has announced plans to set up four 5,000 bed health cities in the country.
Under the first phase of the Rs6bn ($111.25m) Health City project, the Group has launched a 300-bed healthcare facility at Rakhiyal, Ahmedabad, with an investment of Rs1.1bn ($20.4m).
The Group anticipates completing the remaining part of the project in the next four years.
NH CMD Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi told Press Trust of India that the Group will build four more 5,000 bed health cities in India, apart from Bangalore and Ahmedabad, which shall offer medical care facilities in heart, kidney and cancer.
"One city each is planned in Jaipur and West Bengal, while two shall come up on the outskirts of Kolkata," Raghuvanshi added.
"The health city in Jaipur is expected to be operational in next three years."
NH announced plans to set up low-cost heart hospitals, with collective capacity of 30,000 beds, in 100 towns across India in the next five to seven years.
The group has already begun nine such low-cost heart hospital projects, one of which in Mysore with 300 bed capacity is expected to begin operations within the next few months.
According to NH chairman Dr Devi Shetty, "The model low cost 300-bed hospitals using pre-fabricated technology costs around $6m, which otherwise of similar capacity are constructed at an investment of around $30-$35m."
"Nine such low cost model hospitals are in project stage, four of them are in West Bengal, one each in Orissa and Assam; they shall be operational in next five to seven years," Shetty added.
The medical centres will facilitate cardiac surgery, neuro-sciences, urology, orthopaedic cases, nephrology and paediatrics.
Narayana Hrudayalaya is a multi-speciality hospital chain with flagship hospitals located in the cities of Bengaluru and Kolkata.