Lal Singh inspects proposed AIIMS site

Awantipora:  Minister for Health and Medical Education Lal Singh on Wednesday said that All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would come up at Awantipora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district after the site gets a final go from Centre.

While inspecting the picturesque site, measuring around 200 hectares at Awantipora along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, Lal Singh said that government has completed all the formalities in both the regions as far as the setting up of AIIMS was concerned. The Minister said that the project needs a final go from the Union Ministry.  He also informed that Union Health Minister J P Nadda is likely to come over to have a visit to the sites in the State.

The Minister discussed the project threadbare with health and revenue officers and informed that the Union Government has approved Rs 1900 Crore for up-gradation of healthcare facilities and construction of new hospitals across the State and Rs 3000 Cr for construction of two AIIMS in Kashmir and Jammu.

Lal Singh said that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had asked the State Government to identify suitable sites for setting up of AIIMS in Jammu and Srinagar. He said that in Jammu region, two sites were proposed from two different places while as in Kashmir, only one site, Awantipora was suggested to the Centre government. He said that in this regard revenue officers in both the capital cities were directed to identify suitable land sites for construction of AIIMS.

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