PATNA: The Centre has finally approved the site for developing another All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The Centre’s nod to the proposal came after the state government informed it that DMCH is not a heritage site.
The Union ministry of health and family welfare sent its approval letter to the state government on January 10. In the letter, addressed to the state health department principal secretary Sanjay Kumar, the Centre has asked the state to connect the selected site to NH-56, take steps for construction of a rail over bridge and arrange for 20mw of electricity which is required for the functioning of the institute.
In the letter, the state government has also been told to bear the cost of land filling on the site, make a bio-medical waste plant near the institute and ensure that proper sewage and effluent waste disposal facilities are available at the site.
The state government will also have to address the issues related to land besides dismantling the old building and removing other hindrances from the site. “A single-window system should be put in place for necessary clearances by various departments,” the letter read.
Sanjay said the state government would take steps to fulfil the necessary requirements for developing AIIMS unit at Darbhanga. Asked about the cost involved in construction of AIIMS, he said, “The tender for AIIMS-Jammu was recently floated. It entails an expenditure of Rs 1,200 crore.”
Another senior health department official said the state government would hand over 100 acres of land to the Centre within three to four months and another 100 acres in one year. “The project is expected to be approved by the Union cabinet within the next two months,” the official added.
The announcement regarding setting up of second AIIMS in Bihar was made by former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in his 2015-16 Budget speech.-Times Of India