Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid foundation stone for the AIIMS at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. He also inaugurated super-speciality blocks at medical colleges in Thanjavur and Tirunelveli.
"The NDA government is giving great priority to the health sector so that everyone is healthy and the health care is affordable. Today I am happy to inaugurate the super speciality hospitals in Madurai, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli," the PM said after the inauguration ceremony.
The new AIIMS will cost Rs 1,264 crore and is expected to go on stream in 2022. It will be a 750-bed hospital with a long term focus on post graduate and higher education and research. It will have a capacity of 100 MBBS seats and 60 for B.Sc.(Nursing).
The project cost to upgrade the three other medical colleges is Rs 450 crore.
According to the Centre, these projects are a part of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana which aims to set up 20 AIIMS, of which six have been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges across the country.