Bhubaneswar:Vedanta Resources and the Odisha government  Tuesday signed an MoU  for establishment of a 500-bed medical college and hospital in Kalanandi district.

A total of Rs 350 crore would be invested in the hospital project, which is going to come up in the district headquarte town of Bhawanipatna. The Vedanta will chip in Rs 100 for the project.

The Vedanta will develop the infrastructure for the hospital & medical college, which would be run by the state government. The medical college will have 100 MBBS seats.

The director corporate strategy at Vedanta, Rahul Sharma, and the state director, medical education & training(DMET), Sonamali Bag signed the MoU which was graced by chief minister Naveen Patnaik and state health and family welfare minister Pratap Jena.

Chief secretary AP Padhi, development commissioner R Balkrishnan, MLAs of Kalahandi district Pushpendra Singhdeo, Dibyasingh Mishra were present.

Following the announcement that new medical colleges will be set up at Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Bolangir, Balasore, Kalahandi and Keonjhar, the chief minister had laid the foundation stone of the medical college at Bhangabari in Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters town of Kalahandi, in November 2016.