On 27th July, govt. approved the setting up of a new AIIMS at Bhatinda in Punjab, saying this will provide super specialty healthcare to the people and create a large pool of doctors. The approval was given in the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi, aiming to be established under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) and have a capacity of 750 beds.
This will include emergency and trauma beds, AYUSH beds, private beds and ICU speciality and super speciality beds. In addition, there will also be an administration block, AYUSH block, auditorium, night shelter, hostels and residential facilities. "The population in Punjab and adjoining regions will be benefited by this AIIMS," the statement said.
"The new AIIMS at Bhatinda will provide super specialty healthcare to the population while creating a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that can be available for primary and secondary level institutions being created under National Health Mission (NHM).
The project is estimated to cost Rs.925 crore which will not include recurring costs (wages & salaries and operation & maintenance expenses). It will be completed in a period of 48 months from the date of the approval. It comprises a pre-construction phase of 15 months, a construction phase of 30 months and stabilisation & commissioning phase of three months.
Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P) have been sanctioned in 2015.