SHIMLA -21st November, 2020-BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda along-with Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inspected and reviewed the ongoing construction work of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

While holding the meeting with the Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh and other senior officers and the representatives of the construction company, Nadda said that there should be no compromise with construction quality. He said that this institute would provide specialised health services to people of the State.

He expressed satisfaction over the fact that despite Covid-19 crisis, the construction work of the AIIMS was going on smoothly and the work is likely to be completed by December 2021. He stressed that efforts should be made to start the MBBS classes in the month of December this year. He said it was a matter of proud that 18 doctors from Himachal Pradesh had been selected for this health institute.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was committed to resolve all the issues relating to AIIMS and would extend all assistance for fulfilling the requirements of water supply and power etc. at the earliest. He said that the State Government would also examine the demand of electricity waiver for this institution. He said the State Government has released Rs. 73 crore for power supply and Rs. 65 crore for water supply arrangements.

Jai Ram Thakur thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda for approving AIIMS to Himachal Pradesh and making adequate budgetary provision for its construction. He said the institute would prove to be a milestone in strengthening the health services within the State.

Jagat Prakash Nadda and the Chief Minister also inspected various blocks of the upcoming AIIMS and gave necessary directions regarding the construction work.

Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh Dr. Jagat Ram while making a presentation said that there would be 100 seats of MBBS in this institute and classes would be started in December this year and thereafter efforts would be made to start OPD in January, 2021. He said AIIMS, Bilaspur will have facilities of 750 beds, 183 faculty members and 600 nurses. He said that a temporary electricity sub-station had been established in the institute.

Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur, Industries Minister Bikram Singh, Health Minister Dr. Rajeev Saizal, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Rajinder Garg and senior officers were present on this occasion.