London, Mar 13: King's College Hospital, one of the UK's largest teaching hospitals, will soon set up a 1,000-bed world-class medical facility in Andhra Pradesh's new capital Amaravati, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has announced.
"The King's College Hospital has agreed to set up a 1,000-bed hospital in Amaravati immediately and make it their headquarters as they plan to set up 11 hospitals in different parts of India," Naidu said here.
"They will manufacture equipment necessary for the hospitals in India itself. Not only they want to set up a world-class hospital but promote Health Tourism in India. The foundation for the hospital in Amaravati will be laid in the first week of June," he said.
King's College Hospital is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching hospitals with specialised work in liver diseases and transplantation, neurosciences, haemato-oncology and foetal medicine.
A 'Health City' of 6387.67 acres has been planned in the capital and land has been reserved throughout the city for healthcare infrastructure. A medical academy and research centres are planned in the capital, providing access to workforce.
"Leading institutions like AIIMS and the Indo-UK Institute of Health have already shown interest in setting up hospitals in the capital," he said. The Chief Minister said his government has set up an office for Amaravati in London.
"Vijay Goel, partner Singania & Co, a leading solicitor firm here, has offered to set up the office free of cost," he said. The office will coordinate with investors and help them invest in Amaravati. Earlier in the day, Naidu visited the Special Gallery of Amaravati at the British Museum.
The Chief Minister also had a separate meeting with Non-Resident Telugus in the UK and they offered to adopt villages in Andhra Pradesh for speedy development. Naidu said he planned to set up a Museum in Amaravati and get expertise from the British Museum.
The Chief Minister said his government would also set up Balaji temples all over the world. "We want to set up Balaji Temples all over the world and promote Kuchupudi dance as part of religious and cultural promotion," Naidu said.
He said at a recent global investment conference held at Vishakhapatnam, a total of "Rs.4.67 lakh crore investment" has been promised by global investors. "I am confident that a reasonable amount will come," the chief minister said.