The much awaited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will be set up at Bathinda with the Union health ministry granting an approval for the same.
The institute will come up on 175 acres of land of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) regional research centre identified by the Punjab government on the outskirts of Bathinda city on the Dabwali road.
Union minister for food processing industry and member of Parliament (MP) from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal confirmed the development.
The prestigious health institution will be developed under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The MP said PMSSY director Sudeep Srivastava had written to Punjab principal secretary, health and family welfare, Vini Mahajan, confirming the approval and clearance to the proposed site.
“The Union government has also asked the Punjab government about required infrastructure, roads, water and electricity supply at the identified site,” Harsimrat said.
The minister said AIIMS would be a boon for the people of the Malwa region, which is considered as the cancer belt of the state. “There is no health institution where people can get affordable and quality treatment in the region. The institute will also benefit the neighbouring Haryana and Rajasthan,” she said.
The MP also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and Union minister of health and family welfare JP Nadda for giving Punjab yet another big project.