The Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday January 2010 visited the AIIMS project site under construction in Rishikesh Uttarakhand. With an investment of Rs 820 crore the AIIMS Rishikesh is under construction by HLL Hindustan Lifecare Limited and CR Sons who are the developers of the Institution . Mr Azad take the details of the work completed by these companies and found satisfied by the work done by them.
The Central government had proposed the construction of eight AIIMS-like Institutions across the country by 2010-2011 in a move to relieve the pressure on the premier referral institution in New Delhi. The Institutes are being set up in Patna (Bihar), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), at an estimated cost of Rs.332 crore ((Rs.3.32 billion) each.
The hospital complex is to be built in 24 months. An incentive of Rs.10 crores will be given to the state for the early completion of work. All the hospitals would be 960-bedded and are intended to provide healthcare facilities in 39 speciality or super-speciality disciplines. All these Institutes will provide undergraduate medical education for 100 students every year. These institutes are slated to be completed by 2011.
“The establishment of eight AIIMS-like institution and upgradation of 19 government medical colleges along with strengthening of health infrastructure at rural, district and state level will reduce the pressure on AIIMS,” said Azad.
AIIMS has emerged as country’s best referral hospital with over 1,800 beds. It treats over 9,000 people daily.