Virbhadra Singh demands early forest clearance for AIIMS in Himachal Pradesh


Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday urged the Union Health Minister J P Nadda to expedite forest clearance for setting up an AIIMS at Bilaspur and providing equipments for ESIC Medical college at Ner Chowk in Mandi district.

Singh who met Nadda in Delhi told that the government had identified 1200 Bigha of land for the AIIMS and 750 Bighas had been transferred for the institute while forest clearance of 450 bigha land was awaited, an official release here said.

The Singh also apprised the Union minister that that state had signed an MoU to take over the ESIC Medical College building at Ner Chowk in Mandi district and admissions of first batch of MBBS would start from the next year.

He said the state government would be paying Rs 285 crore to ESI over a period of five years beginning from 2019 in lieu of the college building.

He said due to limited resources, the state would require central assistance for making it a premier institute. Singh also requested Nadda to approve the proposals of the state to establish Mother Child Health Care Centre (MCH) at Bilaspur and 50 bedded hospital at Ghumarwin.

While discussing about opening of three new medical colleges at Nahan, Hamirpur and Chamba, he said all formalities had been completed to start classes in Dr Y S Parmar Medical College, Nahan from September this year besides appointing teaching faculty and other staff.

He said the work was under progress for construction of medical college buildings at Hamirpur and Chamba.

Singh urged for early forest clearances from the Union Government for construction of new medical college building at Hamirpur. Nadda assured the CM that Union Health Ministry would consider all these issues on priority.