Chennai: Assuring that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will be established in Madurai at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore, Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda declared that all formalities in this regard have been completed.
Speaking to reporters at the airport here en route to Puducherry to attend the Jipmer convocation, the Minister said “I would like to make it clear that the AIIMS is going to come up in Madurai. All the formalities have been done and it will be passed by the Cabinet.” Mr. Nadda said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon come to lay the foundation stone for setting up the AIIMS.
‘’Just two days ago, I had the opportunity to meet Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr. C. Vijayabaskar along with the State health secretary and today met BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan’’, he said. Three super specialty blocks have been constructed at Madurai, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli at a cost of `150 crore each and the completed complexes would be inaugurated soon, he added.
Also, the construction of Medipark (Medical Park), India’s first medical technology manufacturing cluster, aimed at producing low cost diagnostic devices and ensure delivery of affordable healthcare was nearing the final stage, Mr Nadda said and added ‘”we will request the Prime Minister to inaugurate it also.”
As far as the Centre is concerned, all the health projects are being cleared along with the State government. ‘’We are working very aggressively so that the people of Tamil Nadu should get the benefits out of it,” he added....