Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Kothipura in Bilaspur district on Wednesday.
Spread over an area of about 247 acres, this Rs. 1471 crore 750-bedded premier medical institute would provide super speciality medical treatment to people of the region. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur thanked Prime Minister for dedicating developmental projects worth Rs. 3653 crores to the State.
BJP national president JP Nadda lauded the efforts and said, “Despite the pandemic, ambitious project of AIIMS has been completed in a record time”.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated Rs. 140 crore Government Hydro Engineering College at Bandla in Bilaspur and the laid foundation stones of Rs. 350 crore Medical Devices Park to be set up at Nalagarh and Pinjore-Nalagarh four-lane road project to be constructed under the Bharat Mala project at a cost of Rs. 1,692 crore.
While addressing a mammoth public meeting at historic Luhnu ground in Bilaspur, the Prime Minister greeted the people in the local Bilaspur dialect.
He said, “All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Bilaspur would be known as the ‘Green AIIMS’ as it has been built in an eco-friendly manner and AIIMS Bilaspur would not only increase access to affordable healthcare in the State but also provide specialised health care facilities to the people of the region nearer to their homes”.
“The Centre Government during the last eight years has worked to ensure that benefits of development reach the remotest parts of the country”, PM added.
Prime Minister said that the State of Himachal Pradesh has played a crucial role in guarding the frontiers of the nation (Rashtra Raksha) and now the AIIMS would go a long way in making Himachal a destination for ‘Jeevan Raksha”.
Narendra Modi said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the three states chosen for establishing a Bulk Drug Park and one of the four states chosen for a Medical Device Park. The credit for this goes to the faith and support the people of the state have provided to the Centre Government.
He added that medical tourism was another important sector that needed to be promoted in Himachal so that when people from across the world would come to India, they shall visit Himachal as the State has a beautiful and healthy environment.
Prime Minister also appreciated the work done by the State Government in the Covid-19 vaccination drive and the effective implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission. He said that the social security cover provided by the State was also laudable and termed Himachal Pradesh a land of opportunities.