PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone For AIIMS In Madurai Amid Protests

PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone For AIIMS In Madurai Amid Protests

PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone For AIIMS In Madurai Amid Protests 

New Delhi: On Sunday, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for an All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai and also inaugurated super speciality blocks at three medical colleges.

The Prime Minister unveiled the plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of AIIMS. The project which will approximately cost Rs 1,264 crore, is expected to go on stream in 2022.

The AIIMS in Madurai will be a 750-bedded 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).

In addition, there will be an administration block, auditorium, night shelter, guest house, hostels and residential facilities.

Speaking at the function, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said the late leader J. Jayalalithaa wrote to Modi requesting to set up an AIIMS in Tamil Nadu soon after the Centre had announced its plans to set up one in each state.

Thanking Modi for the AIIMS, Palaniswami also requested the Prime Minister to sanction a medical college in the Ramanathapuram district.

The Prime Minister also unveiled plaques to inaugurate the super speciality hospital blocks at the Rajaji, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli Medical Colleges.

The project cost to upgrade the three medical colleges is Rs 450 crore.

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, according to the centre.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and other senior officials recieved the Prime Minister from the Madurai airport.

The Prime Minister will also address a public rally in the temple town.

In protests against the Prime Minister, the members of the MDMK party members and couple of other organisations staged a black flag demonstration. They also flew black balloons.

(Inputs from news agency IANS)