Pune Municipal Corporation Moves Iconic Naidu Hospital to Baner for Medical College Expansion

In a significant development, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) announced the relocation of the historic Naidu Hospital from Sangamwadi to Baner on February 19, 2024. The decision is a crucial step in PMC’s strategic planning to make way for the establishment of the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College at the existing site.

Naidu Hospital, with a legacy dating back to the colonial era, has been a frontline institution in Pune, especially during infectious disease outbreaks such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Initially established exclusively for British patients during the plague, the hospital opened its doors to treat Indian patients following protests from the Indian community.

Named after the renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Ramchandra Krishnaswami Naidu, the hospital became a symbol of medical excellence and compassion. Dr. Naidu’s contributions extended beyond medicine, reflecting his commitment to social welfare and independence movements as an active member of Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s Swaraj Party.

Sanjeev Wavare, a PMC health official, highlighted that the decision to relocate Naidu Hospital had been in the works for two years. The move aims to facilitate the expansion of medical facilities in the Baner region while paving the way for the establishment of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College.

The relocation signifies a new chapter in Naidu Hospital’s storied history, ensuring its continued service to the community while contributing to the advancement of healthcare infrastructure in Pune.

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