Madurai has left other districts behind to be the new location for the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), as the Centre gave a nod to Thoppur in Madurai and the same was communicated by the Union Health Ministry to the Tamil Nadu government.
Addressing mediapersons at the Secretariart in Chennai today, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami made the official announcement regarding the sanction of the project. He said the mega healthcare facility will be set up at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore.
“The hi-tech institute will come up in 200 acres with 750 beds. 100 seats will be allotted for medical studies and 60 for nursing course,” he added.
The five locations proposed by Tamil Nadu are: Pudukottai town in Pudukottai district, Thoppur in Madurai, Perundurai in Erode, Sengipatti in Thanjavur and Chengalpattu in Kancheepuram.
While the State puts forth the proposal, it is the Centre that takes the final decision on where to locate the institution.
Palaniswami today thanked Prime Minister
Narendra Modi for AIIMS. In a letter to Modi, he said he has directed Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar and Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan and other senior officials to provide all necessary support to the Centre so as to facilitate the early commencement
He recalled that late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was very keen that an institution of the stature of AIIMS was established and made functional in Tamil Nadu, as it would substantially augment the facilities in the State for providing quality medical education, research and also ensure high-end tertiary level health care in the public sector to benefit the poor and the middle classes of the State.