August 17, 2016 3:40:23 am
The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the health ministry to expedite both the Jammu and the Kashmir AIIMS. Though neither has yet been formally approved by the Union cabinet, the ministry has asked CPWD to complete the detailed project report for both the Kashmir AIIMS in Awantipora, Pulwama, and the Jammu AIIMS in Vijaypur, Samba, within one month rather than the customary three months. “We will finalise the tender within three months and once that is done we will start the project investment, construction of boundary wall, filling the site etc right after that,” said a senior functionary in the ministry.
The state government has allotted 258 acres in Vijaypur and 221 acres in Awantipora. While the government would be hoping the Kashmir AIIMS would be a balm for the ongoing unrest in the Valley, it has also been careful not to discriminate between the Jammu AIIMS and the Kashmir AIIMS. In fact Jammu had been on the boil for months when the decision was first taken to build an AIIMS in the Valley but not in the Hindu-majority areas. That is when the decision was taken to set up two institutes in the state. “Timelines are being revised equally for both. It is not as if one is a priority and the other isn’t. We will send the proposals to the cabinet soon,” the source said.
Meanwhile, with an eye on the Uttar Pradesh polls, the ministry has also been asked to put extra focus on the construction of the Gorakhpur AIIMS that has already been approved by the cabinet. While the ministry has finalised a common timeline for the institutes in Gorakhpur, Assam and Bathinda, the one in UP has been accorded priority status. For all three, executing agencies are supposed to be finalised by September 2016, requests for proposals for design and architecture cleared by November and tenders floated by September-October 2017. The Assam AIIMS which will be set up at Jalah in Kamrup district is set to be approved by the Union cabinet by next month, so the cost of that project is not final yet. The Bathinda AIIMS will cost Rs 925 crore and will be completed by June 2020. The Gorakhpur AIIMS will cost Rs 1011 crore and will be completed by March 2020.
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