Nagpur/New Delhi: Nagpur’s dream for setting up All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the city inched closer to reality on Wednesday when the Government at the Centre cleared the proposal under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY). A total of Rs 1,577 crores will be spent on the project. Besides, proposals to establish AIIMS at Mangalgiri in Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in West Bengal were also cleared. The net cost to be incurred on all the three AIIMS would be Rs 4,949 crore. This was decided by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Each of the proposed institution will have a hospital with a capacity of 960 beds. In addition, there will be a teaching block, administrative block, AYUSH block, auditorium, nursing college, night shelter, hostel and residential facilities.
“New AIIMS will be established as institutes of national importance for providing quality medical education, nursing education and also to provide tertiary healthcare facilitiesto the people of these locations,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal said while briefing media after the Cabinet. Of the total expenditure of Rs 4949 crore, the cost of the new AIIMS at Manglagiri will be to the tune of Rs 1,618 crore, Rs 1,577 crore for Nagpur and for Kalyani Rs 1754 crore will be spent.
“Setting up of these AIIMS will address regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary health care services in these regions. It will augment the facilities of quality medical education and would also address the shortfall of health care professionals in these regions,” the minister said.
The large populations of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (Vidarbha) and West Bengal along with adjoining states and region will be benefitted from this project. While six new AIIMS under the PMSSY have been made functional, the construction of AIIMS, Rae Bareily, is under progress.