Published On : Sat, Aug 23rd, 2014

Shot in the arm : AIIMS to come up in place of TB Ward in Nagpur, announces Nitin Gadkari

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In a breakthrough achievement, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has on Saturday shortlisted the place to set up All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Nagpur, following the Central Government’s nod to the project. After a brainstorming session with senior BJP leaders and other officials of revenue department, NMC and NIT, Gadkari announced that the national level medical institute will be built upon the space which currently accommodates the TB ward in 55 acres, located in Medical Colony near Shivaji Science College. The project will be stretched to the Irrigation Department’s office including the open area flourished with teak trees opposite Nagpur Central Jail. The earmarked land sums up to 200 acres of land. AIIMS will have 100 per cent funds from Central Government.

There is an initial requirement of 200 acres of land to set up AIIMS in Nagpur. Acquiring such a big land is impossible in Nagpur city. The Health Minister was invited by Nitin Gadkari to finalize the land. However, since he had some prior appointments, he had deputed the Chief Secretary (Ministry of Health) and some officials to execute the task.

As a prerequisite for establishing All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the land has to be first finalized, transferred in their name followed by which rest of the formalities proceed further.

In order to push the envelope, Gadkari had called some of the senior BJP Leaders of Nagpur which included Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare for a brain storming session to identify a land which is situated at a central place in the city and easily accessible from all corners of the city.

International health facilities at affordable cost

Gadkari claimed that AIIMS will be an institution which will be equipped with one of the most advanced, fully equipped with modern-International quality medical machinery.  AIIMS will provide cheap and affordable medical facility. All the diagnostic and treatment services will be available under one roof at cheap cost. He added that both Academic and Medical Services will be maintained. He added that AIIMS will have both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medical services. He added that the norms for medical services of AIIMS is said to be of International standards. They are prescribed and defined clearly and are adhered to the word.

Alternative space sought for existing offices  

Gadkari informed that the land has to be vast enough to host the entire institute with all the modern equipments in place. AIIMS also requires premises for resident doctors in order to ensure their availability round the clock. Similarly, interns and nurses will also be accommodated for the sake. He has given directions to the local revenue department, NMC and NIT to find alternate land for those institutions which will be shifted off to accommodate the AIIMS and its paraphernalia. He said that he has also asked the district collector to look into the matter.

FSI of 4 required

Gadkari said that a private Project Management Consultant Company will be hired to monitor the entire establishment of the AIIMS. Gadkari added that the government had granted 4 Floor Space Index for Sasoon Hospital in Pune, therefore, they will demand 4 Floor Space Index Nagpur AIIMS too. He added that since the land available is less, they are intending to have basement parking facilities. All types of facilities which the good hospitals have will be incorporated in this Hospital. Gadkari also claimed that they will hire the services of the best Architect. He also claimed that the Maharashtra Government will extend its complete support for this project.

The hospital will have around 1400 doctors and specialists. They will also have other allied technicians, para-medical staff.

150 more MBBS seats

Apart from MBBS course, the institute will be equipped to impart courses in nursing and other para-medical courses. Gadkari also claimed that with the establishment of AIIMS, 150 MBBS seats will be increased. So will the seats of Medical and Para-Medical Seats (Nursing and other allied courses). While speaking of AIIMS, Gadkari said that

While answering a question on lack of number of doctors in GMCH and IGGMC, he said that the need for additional doctors too will be increased. Gadkari claimed that soon every district in Maharashtra will have Medical Colleges. However, he also said that there is a need for change in the Medical Council of India’s policy for Medical Colleges.