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Where?s AIIMS? Ask Centre

THE AMBITIOUS project of starting a full-fledged branch of the multi-specialty All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhopal is hanging fire after more than two years of its approval by the Centre.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 14:31 IST

THE AMBITIOUS project of starting a full-fledged branch of the multi-specialty All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhopal is hanging fire after more than two years of its approval by the Centre. Work on the project has been moving at a snail’s pace though the present State and Union Governments have said they are committed to opening the branch here at the earliest.

The Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State has allotted 154 acres of land as against the Union Government’s demand for 100 acres. The Union Cabinet on its part has recently reiterated its intention to open branches of All India Institute of Medical Sciences at six places, including Bhopal.

Yet the project here has hardly made any progress while both the sides seem to be busy shifting the onus on each other.

``We have allotted them (Union Government) more land than they demanded and now the ball is in their court and they should start the project soon,’’ state Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi told the Hindustan Times.

He added the entire project cost would be borne by the Centre and work for the branch should begin as soon as funds are released.

``The Union government has taken possession of the land allotted for All India Institute of Medical Sciencesat Saket Nagar and installed fencing on about 134 acres some time back using high concrete blocks at an estimated expenditure of Rs 6 crore,’’ said state health department P S M M Upadhyay, adding that no further work had been undertaken since then.

``We had written to the Centre last month requesting for follow-up steps on the project, but response is still awaited,’’ Upadhyay said, emphasising that the State Government was ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Centre for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences branch.

Sushma Swaraj, the Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from the State, during her

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 14:31 IST