Master Plan, construction agency for AIIMS Kashmir finalised: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry has informed that the Master Plan and construction agency for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in south Kashmir’s Awantipora had been finalised and its scheduled would be completed by 2025.

As per the reply of the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, AIIMS Kashmir was approved by the cabinet in January 2019 with an estimated cost of Rs 1828 crore.

“Of which Rs 84.1 crore has been released so far. Pre-investment activities are in progress. The Master Plan has been finalised and the construction agency for the main work has been appointed by the Central Power Works department,” the reply states.

It said that the Government of India had kept January 2025 as the deadline for the project.

The minister informed that setting up of 22 new AIIMS has been approved under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), 6 of which are functional

In December, 2020, the government of India has directed the J&K administration to set-up a temporary campus adjacent to the proposed site of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in south Kashmir’s Awantipora for starting medical courses from this academic year.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jammu’s Samba district has secured the Union Health Ministry’s approval to start its first academic session from this year. The AIIMS in Vijaypur tehsil of Samba district has been sanctioned a total intake capacity of 50 MBBS seats for the academic session 2020-2021.

The institute to be established at Awantipora is part of the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) which was announced on 7 November 2015.

The central government has appointed CPWD as an executing agency for the project.

Nearly 1886 kanals of land have since been handed over to CPWD for construction of the AIIMS at Awantipora.

Although issues like land acquisition, rehabilitation and compensation of the people affected by the project have been belatedly resolved, the construction agency is yet to finish the fencing of the project site.

According to officials, Rs 87 crore had been released by the government for compensation, road construction and other infrastructural utilities for the project.

The AIIMS, according to official information, is supposed to have a 750-bed hospital and would cater to around 1500 OPD cases on a daily basis.

The project besides providing the super-specialty healthcare would also help Kashmir in human resource development in medical science.

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