All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), being set up at Awantipora in south Kashmir and Vijaypur in the Jammu province under the Prime Minister’s developmental package for the state are expected to be completed by January 2023 and 2025 respectively, officials said.
Respondning to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State in the ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that AIIMS at Vijaypur is coming up at an approved outlay of Rs. 1661 Crores and target date for completion of project is January 2023.
He said that the AIIMS, with an approved outlay of Rs.1828 crores is expected to be completed on January 2025.
The minister said 21 new AIIMS were approved by the Union Government in various parts of the country. Of these, he said six (6) new AIIMS in Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jodhpur (Rajasthan) and Rishikesh (Uttaranchal) are already functional
South Kashmir residents are struggling to recieve advanced treatment and have to visit Srinagar for for the same. The AIIMS in the region will improve health care fcailities, officials hoped.
Around 1886 kanals and 5 marals (235.75 acres) at Awantipora and 1954 kanals and 6 marlas (244.25 acres) at Vijaypur stand transferred and handed over to the central public works department, which is the executing agency for these projects.
In January this year, the state’s administrative council sanctioned Rs 87 crore for removing hurdles in the way of building two AIIMS.