All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will come up at Kalyani in Nadia within five years from now as the Centre has already cleared the proposal of setting up the hospital and consented to carry out the expenses for the construction of the hospital in West Bengal.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had requested the Centre to set up AIIMS in Kalyani and not in Raiganj as demanded by the Congress. Accordingly, the State government allotted land in Kalyani for the purpose. The Centre’s decision will meet a long standing demand of the people in the state. Banerjee had convinced the Central government about the necessity of an AIIMS like hospital in the state which could cater to the entire North-eastern states. The Centre had readily accepted the state government’s proposal.
The other two states which are getting AIIMS each are Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The Centre will spend around Rs 4949 crore under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) for setting up three hospitals at three different states. Around Rs 1,754 crore will be spent to construct the hospital at Kalyani, whereas the other two hospitals that are coming up at Mangalagiri near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and at Nagpur in Maharashtra at the cost of Rs 1,618 and Rs 1,577 crore. The State government had handed over 179.82 acres of land to the Centre at free of cost for the construction of the hospital at Bashantapur area under Kalyani police station in December last year. The proposed site of the hospital is around 1.5 km away from the National Highway 34. The State government sanctioned the land in May last year. The government valuation of the land was Rs 57.30 crore. Mamata Banerjee government chose Kalyani over Raiganj in North Dinajpur district for AIIMS like hospital because of its proximity to Kolkata. The Centre had approved the setting up of the hospital at Basantapur after Banerjee had met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bikramjit Chowdhury, undersecretary of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with state health department officials visited the spot in December last year. Thousands of the people from East and North-eastern states who had to travel to Delhi or South India for treatment will be immensely benefitted after the completion of the hospital here in the state. The Centre has announced that each of the new AIIMS will be completed within a period of 60 months. As per the present plan it will take 12 months for the pre-construction phase while 42 months will be spent for the construction phase and 6 months for the stabilization or commissioning phase. These AIIMS hospitals will have an intake capacity of 100 under-graduate students at the medical college, besides the facilities for imparting PG or doctoral courses in various disciplines.
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Hospital 500 beds
Specialty/Super-speciality 300 beds
ICU/accident trauma 100 beds
Ayush 30 beds
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