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Centre Approved AIIMS At Basantapur In Kalyani

2015-04-11 07:18


AIIMSKalyani/Kolkata, March 25: The BJP government at the centre has finally approved the proposal for setting up an All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Kalyani’s Basantapur in last week. 

The clearance came after chief minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 9, sources said.

In last week, the Union health ministry informed the state government that centre has approved of the Basantapur land totaling 150 acres on the outskirts of Kalyani for the Rs 823- crore project of the AIIMs.

The approval also said that the state government has to start the preliminary works within six months and the main construction work should be started by 2016.

The proposal to build an AIIMS in the state – as a centre of excellence in health care service comparable to the first AIIMS in Delhi went in cold storage for about last five years since controversy erupted on choice of the place. The initial proposal was for Raiganj, but the Trinamul government demanded that the AIIMs to be set up in Kalyani.

In the approval letter that was issued in the last week, the union health ministry also asked the state government to provide basic infrastructure for the land.

According to senior official at the state health department, the construction work should be started within a year, by which time the state government would have readied the infrastructure as asked by Delhi.

The state government's immediate responsibility is limited to providing land and basic infrastructure, including landfill, power and water supply. The state is also required to build a boundary wall around the project site and widen the road along which the tranche of land is located.

A health department officer said: “The land in Basantapur is located along the 10-km link road that connects the town with NH-34 a little away from Jagulia crossing. It's a two- lane road, which can be converted in to four lanes for better vehicular movements”.

“The Basantapur land is low-lying but symmetrical and square in shape, which a central inspection team found more suitable for the project than the second option.

Earlier the state government also offered a land inside the NVF campus, which, however, a narrow approach road and so rejected by the experts group of centre.

"The central team that inspected both the lands, found the one in Basantapur more suitable for the proposed AIIMs project that includes a hospital, a medical college and residential quarters," an official of the state health department said. Moreover it has straight road connection to Kolkata and a readily available research environment due to existence of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics and other hospitals. The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research is also located barely 3-km away from Basantapur”

As per the set norms of AIIMS, the doctors and professors maintain its standard as a centre of excellence. “They are not transferred to maintain the institute's quality," said a senior officer of union health department. 

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