Modi lays foundation stone for AIIMS unit in Assam; to be completed in 4 years
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a unit of the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Changsari on Friday.
Instead of conducting the ceremony at the site of the institute to be constructed 26 km away from Guwahati, Modi, who was on a whirlwind tour of the state, did it by pressing a remote from the Sarusajai stadium in the state’s capital.
To be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,123 crores as part of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’, the unit is expected to be completed within the next four years.
It will have a hospital comprising 750 beds, a medical college for 100 MBBS students annually, a nursing college for 60 students each year and 22 super specialty departments including 16 operation theatres.
Setting up of the unit at Changsari has been riddled with controversy with people from Raha, located 76 km east from the state capital, demanding that the institute be constructed there.
On Thursday, despite imposition of Section 144 in parts of central Assam, hundreds under the banner of Middle Assam AIIMS Demand Committee blocked NH 37 for two hours demanding that the unit be set up at Raha.
The committee had also approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking a ban on setting up of the unit at Changsari on the ground that the area falls in an eco-sensitive zone. Last year, a youth was killed in police firing in a demonstration at Raha.