Chief Secy reviews progress of AIIMS

Bhubaneswar: State Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik on Monday reviewed the progress of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-like institution here and expressed that project would be completed by 2012.

Attending the review meeting today the Chief Secretary said that the institute’s construction work, which had started under the Prdhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in May last year at Sijua on the outskirts of the city, was little halted as the project was facing protest by the local residents in connection to a road passing through the college premises.
Other issues related to the construction of the college- shifting of a high tension electric wire, law and order situation around the construction site and land demarcation etc.- had also hindered the progress of the project.
However, the government has decided to set up two separate roads for the hospital and nursing college of the proposed project.
“The construction work was a bit delayed due to some minor hindrances. But the issues have been solved and we hope that the construction work of the project would end by 2012,” Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik said.
“A few issues like land demarcation, shifting of 11 KV electric line that halted the progress of construction work have been fixed. The work is going on smoothly. We hope it ends on time,” Financial Advisor of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar Amiya Kumar Jena said.
The foundation of AIIMS-like campus here was laid on July 15, 2003. A budget of Rs 67.37 and 261.09 crores was estimated for the establishment of the proposed medical college and hospital respectively. The government is hopeful about completing the construction of the project including another nine blocks of a housing project under the college’s premises by 2012.