PM’s date sought for stone-laying ceremony of AIIMS at Bathinda

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2016 12:35 IST
The land earmarked for the institue in Bathinda. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

After Union cabinet gave its final approval for setting up a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda, dates have been sought from prime minister’s office (PMO) for the availability of Narendra Modi for the foundation stone laying ceremony for multi-crore health project.

For the ceremony, the union ministry of health and family welfare and office of member of Parliament from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is also union minister for food processing, has formally requested PMO to give details of PM’s availability so that the function could be held accordingly.

Being a dream project of ruling Badal family, the SAD-BJP alliance is going all out to lay its foundation stone well before the 2017 state assembly elections.

The state-of-art health institution, will be established under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), would give boost to health facilities across the region, grappling with cancer disease. The central government has already allocated funds of worth Rs 925 crore for the project.

“The foundation stone ceremony will be held soon after we get formal communication regarding PM’s availability to attend the occasion,” Harsimrat said.

The union minister added her office was on the job to seek PM’s date at earliest.

Meanwhile, the AIIMS will come up at about 175 acres of land of the Punjab Agricultural University’s regional research centre acquired by the state government on the outskirts of Bathinda city on Dabwali road.

The government had already completed all the formalities related to possession of land, allotment of water supply and electricity connection at the site.

Moreover, the district administration was also preparing a detailed route plan for better traffic management on the roads leading to AIIMS as daily around 1 lakh people are expected to visit the place.

“We are done with all mandatory formalities related to the project and have informed the state government accordingly. The talks are now at state and union ministry level,” said Basant Garg, Bathinda deputy commissioner.

As per union government’s approval, the AIIMS would have a capacity of 750 beds.

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