While the work on two AIIMS-type hospitals has been taken up in J&K, a tentative timeline of 2024 has been set for completion of the prestigious institute for Kashmir and 2022 for that of Jammu, Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) has revealed.
An official communication from MoHFW revealed that the AIIMS Kashmir will be completed by 2024 and the AIIMS Jammu by 2022. However, these timelines are "tentative" as the two institutions were yet to be approved by the Union cabinet.
As per officials in the health and medical education department, AIIMS projects require a time of 60 months from the zero date (date of approval of Government of India).
The two health institutions for J&K are part of Phase V of Prime Minister SwasthyaSurakshaYojana (PMSSY), and the only two institutions in this phase, apart from AIIMS Tamil Nadu which are yet to be approved by union cabinet. Last month the cabinet approved AIIMS Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh), also part of Phase V of PMSSY with a budget outlay of Rs 1351 crores.
As per the recently taken review of PMDP projects taken by the Chief Minister, work on AIIMS Awantipora (Kashmir) and AIIMS Vijaypur (Jammu) has already been started.
The works taken up for AIIMS Kashmir include four-lane road between two portions of the land at Awantipora site, drilling of tube wells and construction of receiving station. Fencing of the 1886 kanals of land, earmarked for the institution has been completed.
At Vijaypur also, work on supply of electric and water supply and connecting road is underway, while construction of a bund by flood control department is also under progress.
Currently, 14 new AIIMS are coming up in various states under PMSSY. Of these, as per the timelines released by union health ministry, AIIMS Kashmir will be last one to be completed.
AIIMS like institutions are set up under PMSSY scheme, and the entire cost of setting up and running expenditure is borne by the GoI. No funds for the new AIIMS are provided by the state governments. The works on AIIMS are handed over to executing agencies that receive direct fund transfers from GoI. Funds are not transferred to states.
As per the project proposal submitted to GoI, AIIMS Kashmir will be a 1000 bedded institute with 300 super specialty beds and set up in a phased manner. It would start with a medical college having an intake of 100 students. The medical college will be augmented with a nursing college with intake capacity 60 students.