New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi on Tuesday signed three MOUs with NBCC (India) Limited, HSCC (India) Limited and HITES – HLL Lifecare Ltd to expand its infrastructure and other facilities.
AIIMS signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) worth Rs 4,441 crore with NBCC (India) Limited, Rs 2,500 crore with HSCC (India) Limited and Rs 729 crore with HITES HLL Lifecare Ltd, a cumulative net worth of Rs 7,670.
The agreement with NBCC (National Buildings Construction Corporation) for redevelopment envisages construction of 3,060 residential apartments at Ayur Vigyan Nagar campus and 868 apartments at West Ansari Nagar Campus. The construction of 3,928 new residential apartments would take the total available residential apartments of AIIMS to 4,505, according to an official statement.
The agreement with HLL Infra Tech Services Limited (HITES) is for procurement of all types of medical equipment and services including medical gas distribution system, CSSD (central sterile services department), modular operation theatres for the proposed National Cardiovascular Institute, (NCVI) at the AIIMS second campus at Jhajjar in Haryana
HSCC (Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation) has been selected as a project management consultant for the design, tendering, supervision of engineering components and for equipment procurement and allied infrastructure works for the National Cancer Institute at AIIMS, Jhajjar.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Health Minister J P Nadda and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Also present at the function were Dr M C Misra, Director, AIIMS; Dr Balram Airan, Dean (Academic) & Chief of the Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery (CTVS) Centre; Dr G K Rath, Head, National Cancer Institute; V Srinivas, Deputy Director (Administration), AIIMS; A K Mittal, CMD, NBCC; Gyanesh Pandey, Chairman, HSCC; and S N Sathu, CEO, HITES.
Speaking on the occasion, J P Nadda said that this is one of the most historic days for AIIMS as this is the largest ever health sector investment commitments made by the government in a public health project at one event.
“Innovation for cost effective and affordable healthcare is the need of the day. To take up all these challenge AIIMS needs strengthening and expansion of its facilities. Which we are committed to provide,” Nadda said.
Nadda stated that AIIMS has created a benchmark in the field of healthcare not only at the national level but internationally also. “It has a great testimony and we must try to replicate it in the new AIIMS,” he said.
The health minister said that the government is committed to ensure that the new AIIMS will meet the same standards of service as AIIMS, New Delhi. “No effort will be spared to make them the very best,” he added. He further said that the new institutes would be AIIMS and not AIIMS-like.
Speaking at the function, Venkaiah Naidu said that this initiative (signing of MOUs) is going to change the face of AIIMS.
“The profession of doctors is a very noble task and AIIMS has contributed significantly in providing quality healthcare. The expansion plans of the government would not only improve medical education but will also provide greater access to world class facilities to the citizens,” Naidu said.
He further said, “We should have such premier institute in every state of the country and India is well on its way to becoming a medical hub in the world.”