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UP, Centre sign MoU for AIIMS at Gorakhpur

Yogi Adityanath

Lucknow, July 14: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday signed an MoU with the Centre for the construction of a 750-bed All India Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Gorakhpur, the Parliamentary constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in presence of the Chief Minister by the Health Ministry Joint Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary for Medical Education Anita Bhatnagar Jain.

Yogi Adityanath said he hoped the AIIMS — proposed to be built on 112.2 acres of land at Mahadev Jharkhandi village at a cost of Rs 1,750 crore — would be completed by its 2020 deadline and prove a boon for the poor in eastern Uttar Pradesh, who now have to either go to Delhi or Lucknow for treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of AIIMS at Gorakhpur on July 22 last year.

Jain told IANS that under the MoU, the state would provide land on lease, construct a four-laned link road at identified spot, provide potable water and power feeder.

The Centre would construct the AIIMS at the selected site under the AIIMS Act and will run it thereafter.

It will also be responsible for educational and non-educational appointment procedure.

AIIMS complex would house an academic block and night shelters for attendants and relatives of patients. An auditorium and guesthouse would also be built.

A hostel for 120 male students and 240 female students in undergraduate courses would also be constructed along with 172 residences for doctors.

A postgraduate hostel for 599 students and a hostel for 432 nursing students will also be established.

There will be three Out Patient Departments, in which surgery, medicine, and gynecology would be super-specialisations along with 29 departments.

The state government has given the land for the project to the Centre on a 90-year lease.

IANS

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