The Centre has finally approved the site selected for developing another All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the campus of Bihar’s Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The Centre’s go-ahead came after the State Government informed that DMCH was not a heritage site.
A proposal will now be sent to the Cabinet and according to sources the construction work for the second AIIMS is likely to start by the end of this year. It will cost Rs 1,300 crore.
The state government has offered a 200-acre land within the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital campus. In the fresh proposal recently sent by the state government, the health ministry has also been assured that the four-lane road connectivity from the institute to NH-57 and a railway overbridge shall be provided.
The Bihar government further made the commitment of making available 75 acres of land in six months and the cost of the required sand filling shall be borne by it.
“The state government has told the health ministry that the building of Darbhanga Medical Hospital is not heritage,” a ministry official said. The Union government in January 2019 had rejected the proposed land for development of AIIMS after a Central team that carried out an inspection of the site had raised concerns and pointed out deficiencies pertaining to its suitability.