Project report being finalised for 6 AIIMS-type institutions

New Delhi, Nov 29 | Updated: Nov 30 2006, 08:49am hrs
The process for preparation of detailed project report is being finalised for setting up six new AIIMS-type medical institutions in Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Each new institution would have a 850-bedded hospital including superspeciality facilities and 39 departments covering all major disciplines of medicine under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) scheme approved in March this year.

The process for preparation of detailed project report (DPR), selection of project management consultant and model of execution is being finalised, health minister Ambumani Ramadoss said. Besides 500 general beds, each institution will have 300 speciality and superspeciality, and 50 ICU beds.

These will also have an intake capacity of 100 undergraduates per year and a similar number of seats in post graduate and post doctoral courses. The estimated cost of each institute will be Rs 332 crore. The Centre has initiated pre-construction survey and environmental impact assessment study, he said, adding work on construction of boundary wall has been completed except in Patna.

Test-fire of interceptor missile hailed

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday hailed the successful test-firing of a first-ever interception missile and congratulated scientists and technicians associated with the project.

It is a matter of great pride that Indias air defence capability achieved a new milestone on November 27 when DRDO successfully carried a surface-to-surface missile interception, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said. He pointed out that this was the first-ever interception test conducted by the DRDO using two live missiles.