Union Health Minister J P Nadda, MP Anurag Thakur along with Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur performed Bhoomi Pujan of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Kothipura in Bilaspur district.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh said, “Due to unnecessary delay in transferring land for this institution by the previous state government, people of the state were deprived of specialised health services”. The present state government had not only ensured transfer of land immediately, but also provided all possible help by way of providing additional land of 48 hectares so that this premier institute could take off at the earliest, he added. The AIIMS, costing Rs 1,351-crore would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750.
Union Minister J P Nadda stated that the AIIMS was being built under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna. It would serve the dual function of providing super specialty healthcare to the people, besides creating a pool of doctors and other health workers in the state.
MP Anurag Thakur commented that although this project was sanctioned way back in 2014, it could take off only in 2019 as the previous state government did not even provide adequate land for this institution. He said that apart from providing better healthcare facilities to the people of the state, the institute would also provide ample opportunities of employment and self-employment to the youth of the region.