Consulting Engineering Services designing AIIMS-like institute, IIT, and NISER Bhubaneswar

Their web page is http://www.cesinter.com/. From the flash presentation I got the following pictures.

In the above picture they wrote Bhubaneswar by mistake instead of Thiruvanthapuram. They are also the architect for IISER Thiruvanthapuram.

The correct picture for NISER Bhubaneswar is the following obtained from http://www.cesinter.com/arch_home/arc_proj32.asp?x=Architecture&y=Showcase%20Projects.

One may compare the design with the picture of NISER building plan pictures. They match.

Note that in http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100715/jsp/orissa/story_12682813.jsp it is mentioned that this company has also been hired for IIT Bhubaneswar. 

Add comment August 27th, 2010

Cabinet approves formation of societies for AIIMS-like institutions

Following is from PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=64351.

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for formation of societies for each of the six AIIMS-like institutions being set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). These societies will be functional till the AIIMS-like institutions are brought under an Act of Parliament.

Creating legal entities in the form of a society for these institutions will facilitate greater autonomy and faster execution of the projects and will expedite release of funds from the Government. Each of these institutions will be registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. 

Each society will have a two-tier Organization and Management structure. The Governing Council under the chairmanship of the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare would have appropriate representation from concerned Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and other related organizations. This will be the apex body deciding all policy matters. 

There will also be a Board of Governors with Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) as chairperson with appropriate representation of State Governments. Persons with special knowledge in the field of science and medicine will be nominated by the Governing Council. 

Background: 

The Union Cabinet approved the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in March, 2006 with the objective of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country. Under Phase-I of PMSSY, six AIIMS-like institutions are being set up, one each in the States of Bihar (Patna), Chattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) at an estimated cost of Rs. 840 crore per institution including nursing colleges. The formation of societies will give these institutions a governance structure, which is not there at present.


Related links from the past:

 

Add comment August 9th, 2010

Status of AIIMS-like institutes; likely to be functional by December 2012

Following is from PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=63880.

The Government is setting up six AIIMS-like institutions in the States of Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Orissa (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) under the first phase of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). Construction of residential complexes for the six AIIMS-like institutions in the first phase of PMSSY has been taken up separately and is at various stages of completion. The work for Package I, i.e. Construction of Medical College/Hostel complex has started in the last week of May, 2010. Letter of Intents for Package-II, i.e. construction of Hospital Complex were issued to the selected contractors. These institutions are likely to become functional by December, 2012.

The Government has also approved setting up of two more AIIMS-like institutions, one each in the State of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal in the second phase of PMSSY. Location of the institutions will be finalized in consultation with the respective State Governments.

This information was given by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question raised in Lok Sabha today.

DS/GK


Related links from the past:

Add comment July 30th, 2010

Tender invitation (again) for construction of hospital complex for the six new AIIMS like institutions

Update: The press release corresponding to the ad below is now available at http://www.mohfw.nic.in/31Press%20relaease.doc. It does not have any additional info though.


The advertisement below appeared in various newspapers today. Although the ad mentions that more details are in the http://www.mohfw.nic.in/ site, nothing is there yet. (It may take a few days for more details to appear there.)

A similar tender invitation was issued in November 2009. See http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/3610 and http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/3408. Earlier in May 2008, tenders were floated for the housing complex. See http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/1121.  (Even older links related to tenders for the AIIMS-like institution in Bhubaneswar are at http://www.orissalinks.com/?p=970.)

The PIB release http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=59071 (see also http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/3962)  gives the status of the construction of residential complex until March 2010.

Add comment May 30th, 2010

Maharashtra preparing proposal for its 3rd medical college to be upgraded to AIIMS level

As per the report in http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=59071 Grants Medical College, Mumbai is being upgraded to AIIMS level in the first phase and Govt. Medical College, Nagpur is scheduled to be upgraded to AIIMS level in the second phase. Following news item from Times of India mentions about a third proposal in the making with respect to BJ Medical College Pune.

Plans are afoot to upgrade the city’s B J Medical College and Sassoon hospital to the level of Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

… The joint director of medical education and research has directed the dean of B J Medical College to submit a plan to this effect. Confirming this, BJMC and Sassoon hospital dean Arun Jamkar said the plan would cost approximately Rs 350 crore on execution.

… "We have started framing the proposal as directed by the DMER and the blueprint will be submitted in a few days. We hope that it will be translated into reality," said Jamkar.

As we have mentioned several times earlier, the Odisha government should propose the upgrdataion of one of its existing state medical college to the AIIMS level.

 

Add comment March 20th, 2010

Cabinet approves a much larger estimate for the AIIMS-like institutes and upgradations

Following is from PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=59783.

Revised Cost Estimates for setting up of six AIIMS –like institutions and upgradation of 13 existing Government medical college institutions, in the first phase of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana

  15:24 IST
The Union Cabinet today approved the Revised Cost Estimates (RCE) for setting up of six new AIIMS like Institutions and upgradation of 13 existing Government Medical College Institutions under PMSSY (Phase I) for an outlay of Rs.9307.62 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had earlier approved the Scheme for Rs.3975.99 crore. Due to substantial changes in the cost and scope of the works the requirement of funds has trebled necessitating a fresh Cabinet approval. 

The allocation made for the PMSSY-Phase I projects for the XI Plan was Rs.3955 crore. Additional expenditure involved would be Rs.5535.62 crore. However, the allocation of XI Plan is sufficient to meet the expenditure in the remaining two years of the plan period

The new institutions/upgraded facilities in the existing medical colleges would provide tertiary health care facilities in and around the location and adjoining districts/States in the country. 

The projects under Phase-I of PMSSY are spread over 19 locations in the 16 States of the country. The new AIIMS-like institutions are located at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand). The AIIMS-like institutions will be completed by the end of 2012. The upgradation components in Phase-I involves upgradation of Government Medical Colleges at Trivandrum, Salem, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jammu and Srinagar; NIMS, Hyderabad; SGPGIMS, Lucknow; B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad; RIMS, Ranchi; IMS, BHU, Varanasi; SVIMS, Tirupati; and Grants Medical College, Mumbai. 

Background : 

The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) was initially started in March, 2006 with the object of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country. PMSSY has two components in its first phase – (i) setting up of six AIIMS-like institutions and (ii) upgradation of thirteen existing Government medical college institutions. CCE approved the proposal for setting up AIIMS-like institutions in March 2006 and upgrdation proposal in June 2006

Add comment March 20th, 2010

Progress report and current thinking on the proposed AIIMS-like institutes

Update:Following is from PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=59525.

LOK SABHA

The Government has approved setting up of six AIIMS-like institutions in the States of Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Orissa (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) under the first phase of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). It is also proposed to set up two more institutions, one each in the State of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal in the second phase of PMSSY.

Each institution will have a 960 bedded hospital (500 beds for the medial college hospital; 300 beds for Specialty/Super Specialty; 100 beds for ICU/Accident trauma; 30 beds for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and 30 beds for Ayush ) intended to provide healthcare facilities in 42 specialty/super-specialty disciplines.

Bids for construction of hospital and medical college complex for the six AIIMS-like institutions in the first phase are under process. The timeline for completion of these works is the second half of 2012.

This information was given by Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question raised in Lok Sabha today.


Following are excerpts from a report in Indian Express.

… The AIIMS at Bhopal is likely to cost Rs 849.46 crore, Bhubaneswar Rs 820.49 crore, Jodhpur Rs 777.64 crore, Patna Rs 858.43 crore, Raipur Rs 803.84 crore and Rishikesh Rs 820.15 crore.

… the officials suggested that certain operations of these new institutes should be outsourced through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Such operations include outsourcing routine/housekeeping services, hospital information system to a professionally managed agency and outsourcing of nursing orderlies and ward boys and other staff. “This strategy the health ministry officials argued would ensure minimal Group C & D employees,” a Plan panel source said. Nearly 95 per cent of the construction work for residential complexes for Jodhpur and Raipur Institutes has been completed, 45 per cent work has been completed for Patna and Rishikesh, while the construction for Bhopal and Bhubaneswar is gradually picking up,” he said. So far about 152 bids have been received including 57 for hospitals and 95 for medical colleges and hostels. “The technical and financial evaluation would be completed by March 30 and work is likely to commence by June 10,” the source said, quoting health ministry officials.

Add comment March 9th, 2010

Status of AIIMS-like institutes; Progress very slow in Bhubaneswar

Following is from the PIB release http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=59071.

 Setting up of AIIMS like Institutes

  17:24 IST

Lok Sabha

 

            The States identified for setting up of  AIIMS-like institutions are based on  criteria of various socio-economic indicators like human development index, literacy rate, population below poverty line and per capita income and health indicators like population to bed ratio, prevalence rate of serious communicable diseases, infant mortality rate etc.

            Details of the proposed Institutes are as follows:-

Annexure-I

I.        SETTING UP OF AIIMS-LIKE INSTITUTIONS

Ist Phase

1.      Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

2.      Bhubaneswar (Orissa)

3.      Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

4.      Patna (Bihar)

5.      Raipur (Chattisgarh)

6.      Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)

2nd phase

            1.   Uttar Pradesh

            2.   West Bengal.

 

II.          Upgradation of medical college institutions

 

S.No

State

Name of institution

Ist phase

 

1.

 

Andhra Pradesh

Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad.

Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences,Tirupati

2.

Gujarat

B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad

3.

Jammu & Kashmir

Govt. Medical College, Jammu

Govt. Medical College, Srinagar

4.

Jharkhand

Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi

5.

Karnataka

Govt. Medical College, Bangalore

6.

Kerala

Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

7.

Maharashtra

Grants Medical College, Mumbai

8.

Tamil Nadu

Govt. Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College,Salem

9.

Uttar Pradesh

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science, Lucknow

 

Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras HinduUniversity, Varanasi

10.

West Bengal

Kolkata Medical College, Kolkata.

2nd  Phase

 

1.

Haryana

Pandit B.D. Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak

2.

Himachal Pradesh

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Govt. Medical College, Tanda

3.

Maharashtra

Govt. Medical College, Nagpur

4.

Punjab

Govt. Medical College, Amritsar

5.

Tamil Nadu

Govt. Medical College, Madurai

6.

Uttar Pradesh

Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of AMU, Aligarh

 

 

  

Annexure-II.

I.          Setting up of six AIIMS-like institutions in the Phase-I of PMSSY

(a)   Medical College & Hospital Complex

           Bids have been invited and are under evaluation.  Bids are likely to be finalized by April, 2010.  Work for Medical College and Hospital Complex is likely to start by June, 2010 and complete by June, 2012.

(b)    Residential Complex

                                                                                                (Rs. in  Crore)

S.

No

Site

Current Status

(% of work completed)

Funds released

 (upto 03.03.2010)

1.

Jodhpur

95

25.95

2.

Patna

50

18.76

3.

Rishikesh

50

43.11

4.

Bhubaneswar

15

19.93

5.

Raipur

95

28.99

6.

Bhopal

20

4.39

 

 

 

 

II.                    Two  new AIIMS-like institutions being set up under Phase-II

 

            .  Location of AIIMS-like institutions proposed to be set up in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal is being finalized in consultation with the respective State Governments.

 

III.        Upgradation of  medical college institutions

                                                                                                       (Rs. in Crore)

S.

No

Name of the institution

Current Status

(% of work completed)

 

Funds released

(upto 03.03.2010)

Civil work

Procurement of medical equipments

1st Phase of PMSSY

 

 

 

1

ThiruvananthapuramMedical College

99.5

44.66

33.86

2

Salem Medical College

94

54.47

-

3

Bangalore MedicalCollege

89

45.00

34.99

4

Kolkata MedicalCollege

60

30.23

9.31

5

SGPGIMS, Lucknow

67

45.76

27.03

6

NIMS, Hyderabad

78

74.23

-

7

Jammu MedicalCollege

89

45.21

21.37

8

Srinagar MedicalCollege

39

20.76

34.60

9

IMS, BHU, Varanasi

37

34.35

22.05

10

RIMS, Ranchi

15

21.20

23.85

11

BJ Med. College,Ahmedabad

50

7.00

37.23

12

SVIMS, Tirupati

70

-

39.55

13

Grants Med. College, Mumbai

65

-

57.83

2nd Phase of PMSSY

 

 

 

14.

Government MedicalCollege, Nagpur

10

-

40.00

15.

Government MedicalCollege, Amritsar

Tender process initiated

-

-

16.

Pandit B.D. Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences,Rohtak

 

 

Upgradationplans of all these four medical colleges are under finalization

-

-

17

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Govt. Medical College,Tanda

 

-

-

18

Govt. Medical College,Madurai

 

-

-

19

Jawaharlal NehruMedical College of AMU, Aligarh

-

-

 

            This information was given by Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam NabiAzad in  written reply to a question raised in Lok Sabha today.

 

DS/GK

 

2 comments March 5th, 2010

160 construction companies bid for the AIIMS-type institutes

Following is an excerpt from a report in expressbuzz.com.

There is an unprecedented response for tenders for the construction of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-type medical institutions in Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh.

Sources in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare sais around 160 construction companies joined the bidding making it more competitive.

Thanks to the incentive package, if the construction of the institute is completed within the stipulated time or little in advance of the scheduled time, the company would get benefit of Rs 10 crore at one stroke. As per the detailed project report, construction cost of each institution, which comprises the medical colleges and the hospital, is around Rs 300 crore and for the all the six institutes, the cost would be around Rs 1800 crore.

2 comments December 26th, 2009

AIIMS Bhubaneswar tender watch: date extended till 23rd December 2009

The new links are:

Setting up of 6 AIIMS at Bhopal/Bhubaneshwar/Jodhpur/Patna/Raipur/Rishikesh / Important Information  / Amendment -1

 


Clicking on the first one takes us to the page http://mohfw.nic.in/Index6aiims.htm which has the following.

Name of Work

 

 Setting up of Six AIIMS at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh

Section – 1   Notice Inviting Tender for Six AIIMS Projects under PMSSY Scheme (as published in News Papers on 2nd Nov 2009).

 

                        Section – 2 Volume – 1 (Notice Inviting Tender & Instructions to Tenderers )

 

                                Section – 3  Contact Officials for each AIIMS Site

 

AIIMS-Bhubaneswar Sh. Chitranjan Nanda, SE 09433892952 AIIMS-Bhubaneshwar, Near Biju Patnaik Police Academy, Village-Sijua, Bhubaneshwar-751019, Orissa
Sh. Satwant Singh Sallan, PE(HLL) 09776245188

The second links takes to the pdf document that states that the submission date is extended till 23rd December 2009.

 

1 comment December 8th, 2009

Union Health Minister has incorporated a strong monetary incentive for fast completion of the new AIIMS-like institutions

Following is an excerpt from a PIB release.

… the Union Health Minister Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed concern over dilution of original role of AIIMS due to heavy patient load. He said for bringing the research and innovation to the fore it is important to decongest the institute. Outlining his strategy for this Shri Azad said that the establishment of 8 AIIMS like institution and upgradation of 19 government medical colleges along with strengthening of health infrastructure at rural, district and state level will reduce the pressure on AIIMS. Speaking with the Journalists after the function the minister said that most of the clearances for the AIIMS like institutions have been procured and civil tenders are being issued. He informed that taking cue from his experience in Jammu and Kashmir where he was the Chief Minister he has incorporated a strong monetary incentive for fast completion of these projects. The Hospital – OPD complex is to be built in 24 months. The Minister informed that incentive upto Rs 10 crore will be given for the early completion of work.

Add comment November 17th, 2009

From Dharitri: Call for Tenders for the hospital and medical college complex of the AIIMS-like institutions

Update: Tathya has an article and pictures on the current status of the construction of AIIMS Bhubaneswar. One of the pictures is given below. Tathya.in says: "Kolkota based Unit Construction has taken up the construction job, while the PSU, Hospital Services Consultation Corporation (HSCC) is the civil consultant for this projects."


More details on the tender is at http://mohfw.nic.in/Index6aiims.htm:

 


 

The above tender is about the hospital and medical college. Earlier in May 2008, tenders were floated for the housing complex. See http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/1121.  (Even older links related to tenders for the AIIMS-like institution in Bhubaneswar are at http://www.orissalinks.com/?p=970.) In June 2009 it was reported that:

  • Out of the 14 blocks of the AIIMS, the roof works of eight blocks have already been completed.
  • An alternative road has already been constructed for the Sijua village and 90 per cent work has already been completed.
  • Steps have been taken to remove the high-voltage transmission line.

I hope additional progress has been made with respect to the housing construction.

1 comment November 2nd, 2009

Latest status of the AIIMS-like institutions

Following is from PIB release http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=53747.

Update on AIIMS-like institutions tenders/nits worth Rs. 1908 Cr for the main civil packages for six new AIIMS-like institutions invited

17:38 IST

Government of India has launched the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) with the objective of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education and research in the country. Under the Ist phase of this scheme, six new AIIMS-like institutions are being set up, one each in the States of Bihar (Patna), Chattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) at an estimated cost of approximately Rs 820 Crores per institution. Each of these institution will have a 960 bedded hospital (500 beds for the medical college hospital; 300 beds for Specialty/Super Speciality departments; 100 beds for ICU/Accident and trauma. In addition 30 beds for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) and 30 beds for Ayush have been kept. This would be full fledged multi-disiciplinary healthcare institution offering facilities in 42 speciality/super-speciality disciplines. Medical College will have an annual intake of 100 UG intake besides imparting PG/doctoral courses in various disciplines. Nursing College will also have 100 UG intake and 25 PG intake annually.

The respective State Governments have provided 100 acre land free of cost. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India engaged eminent architectural firms to prepare the designs and drawings. The architectural/DPR Consultants were selected on global competitive basis. The Project Consultants have also been selected for each site on the basis of open competitive bids. Project Cell at the sites comprising engineering, finance and administrative set up has been constituted and posts are being filled up on deputation basis from other Central Govt./State Govt. organizations.

The construction work has been split into 7 different packages, depending on the functional /sequential requirement and core specialization needs. Tenders/NITs for the main civil packages viz. (i) Civil works for Medical College, Nursing College, AYUSH and Hostels, (Patna, Raipur, Bhopal); and (ii) Civil works for Hospitals – OPD Complex including all internal services and specialized works are being invited. The total cost of these two packages is between Rs.250 – 300 Crore for each site, totaling Rs. 1908 Cr. for all six sites.

The salient features of the tenders /NITs issued on 2nd Nov. are as follows:-

(i) All detailed engineering drawings have been prepared.

(ii) Environmental clearance has been obtained for 5 out of 6 sites and is being obtained for the remaining site (Bhopal).

(iii) Medical College Complex will be built in 15 months time.

(iv) The Hospital – OPD complex is to be built in 24 months.

(iv) Apart from ensuring timely payment, there are very strong incentive clause for early completion with a bonus of 1% of the tendered value per month computed on per day basis, subject to maximum of 5%.

(v) Like-wise there is a strong disincentive clause/penalty if the project is delayed.

Pre-bid Conference is scheduled for 16th November, 2009. Last date of receipt of bids would be 3 Dec 2009

************

Add comment October 30th, 2009

No politics on AIIMS (like institute) Bhubaneswar please!

Update2: Pioneer reports the Orissa health minister saying that the state has been extremely co-operative on AIIMS and the allegations of Mr. Azad is baseless. The good news is that there has been some progress in the ground and

  • Out of the 14 blocks of the AIIMS, the roof works of eight blocks have already been completed.
  • An alternative road has already been constructed for the Sijua village and 90 per cent work has already been completed.
  • Steps have been taken to remove the high-voltage transmission line.

Following is from Samaja:



Update: TOI reports that Mr. Azad went to the AIIMS site and asked the project manager to  work in three shifts and said that he will be monitoring the project every month. The first good news is that there is a project manager and some work is actually going on.


The Central Cabinet minister of Health Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad is visiting Orissa. His answers on the lack of progress with respect to  AIIMS-like institute in Bhubaneswar is shocking. This institute foundation stone was laid by then PM Vajapayee prior to 2004 during the NDA government. Since then many reports have been made and tenders have been floated which we have been tracking here. And now Mr. Azad comes and blames the state government to hide the incompetency of the central Minitry of Health in making any progress. Note that the issue of tardy or zero progress on the AIIMS has been raised multiple times earlier, including many times in the parliament and someone even made a high court case in Bihar and this is the first time the state government is being partially blamed.

This is terrible. Mr. Azad should not play politics on such an importance issue and make sure tha the AIIMS-like institute is constructed as soon as posisble. Following are excerpts from a report in Business Standard which gives indication regarding the politics being played by Mr. Azad.

 

”I will review the progress in all the new AIIMS projects, including the one proposed to be constructed in Bhubanewar, to ensure these are ready in about three years. I will also speak to the construction agency,” Azad said.     

Claiming that the steps taken by the state government for the ambitious Rs 820 crore project were slow and sluggish, Azad added that though the detailed project report for the Orissa AIIMS was ready proper land demarcation was yet to be completed.     

The state should take quick steps to remove the high power transmission line at the site along with unauthorised structures and a small village relocated, the minister said.     

On its part, the Centre was taking steps to bring momentum to the project, Azad informed adding he had spoken to Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh about the need for clearance to about 90 acres of the proposed AIIMS site here.     

”Since Orissa badly needs an AIIMS, we are taking all steps to ensure that the project becomes operational at the earliest,” he said.To improve the health care facilities in Orissa, both the Centre and the state government must initiate steps for early completion of AIIMS here, Azad said.    


 

Following is my email to the PMO and Mr. Azad on this topic.

Dear Esteemed Prime Minister and Health Minister:

Please do not play politics on the AIIMS-like institute in Bhubaneswar.

The foundation stone of this institute in Bhubaneswar was laid in 2003. In between 5 years of UPA government rule has passed in Delhi and nothing visible (beyond a boundary wall) has happened.

For the last 5 years, people of Orissa, representatives of Orissa (both MLAs, MPs), and Orissa CM have raised this issue and of no avail. In response to various parliament questions your ministers have always given one excuse or other for the delay.

And now for the first time Mr. Azad comes to Bhubaneswar and lays blame on the state government. (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/centre-to-setnew-aiims-branches-in-three-years/64962/on ). This is playing politics on peoples lives and their health.

While the UPA government made a lot of progress on many fields (such as starting of classes on the new IITs, RTI, NREGS etc.) it has been grossly incompetent on the AIIMS issue.

To solve a problem, one must first admit that there is a problem. Please admit that your health ministry has been grossly incompetent and start over from there.

Please don’t play politics with people’s lives and their health. Please start the AIIMS-like institute in Bhubaneswar as soon as possible and to compensate for the delay as well as to take care of the backward areas of Orissa please immediately upgrade one of the exisiting medical college in the backward Western or Southern Orissa (one in Behampur or Burla) to the AIIMS level.

In West Bengal your are making a new AIIMS as well as upgrading Calcutta Medical College. In UP you will have a new AIIMS and are upgrading 3 medical colleges to AIIMS level.

In Mahasrashtra, Tamil Nadu, J&K and Andhra Pradesh you are upgrading two medical colleges to the AIIMS level. All these has been compiled from your web sites and PIBs and put together at http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/2111 .

Why not in Orissa? I sincerely hope that it is not because you had or have friendly governments in West Bengal, Mahasrashtra, Tamil Nadu, J&K and Andhra Pradesh and are eyeing UP and don’t really care about Orissa and its people?

Why do some other states get a new AIIMS as well as upgradation of multiple medical colleges to AIIMS level, and some get multiple upgradations to AIIMS level, while in Orissa no progress has happened for 5 years with respect to an announced AIIMS?

Sirs: Please pray tell us if this is not neglecting Orissa, what is?

Sirs: I again beg; Please do not play politics with people’s lives and health. Please expedite the establishment of AIIMS in Bhubaneswar and upgrade an exisiting medical college in the backward region of Orissa to the AIIMS level.

sincerely,

Chitta Baral

9 comments June 18th, 2009

New Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will try to speed up the setting up of AIIMS like institutes

Following is an excerpt from a report in thaiindian.com.

Azad said the ministry would also try to speed up the setting up of six institutes on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The government had announced the plan in 2003, but it was given a final go ahead in 2005.

Under the scheme, such institutes would be set up in Patna, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh. Azad also said the ministry would upgrade 13 other medical institutes in the country.

He said after the six AIIMS like institutes come up, the government plans to start two more such institutes and also upgrade six medical institutes.

Add comment May 29th, 2009

Update on the proposed AIIMS like institutions

Following is an excerpt from a recent (March 22, 2009) report from Economic Times.

… The proposal for setting up AIIMS-like institutions was first made in 2003 by the then BJP-led NDA government. It was, however, cleared by the CCEA on March 16, 2006, 10 months after the UPA government came to power.

It was decided that each site would be taken as a separate and independent project instead of clubbing all six together. The construction of housing and the hospital complex was also separated from that of hospital and medical college.

Speaking to TOI , Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry B K Prasad said the layout and master plans of the hospital sites at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh had already been approved. The approval of the master plans for Patna and Raipur is expected on March 25. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan State Road Development Corporation construction has started construction work on the residential complex (housing and hostel) in Jodhpur. The work relating to construction of the residential complex at Rishikesh, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Raipur has been entrusted to two different agencies.

Prasad said, "Hostel construction in the other sites will start latest by June and should be completed by December 2009. Hospital construction should start by October and will take 24 months to complete. Each hospital will have 960 beds with 29 super-speciality departments."

Following is an excerpt from a report in jaibihar.com.

Taking a serious note of the inordinate delay in completion of Jai Prakash Narayan All India Institute of Medical Science (JPNAIIMS) here, the Patna High Court on Tuesday asked the union government to float fresh tender on the revised estimate and commence the  actual construction  of the proposed medical college and hospital complex in 90 days.

 

While hearing a PIL urging the court’s intervention for completion of JPNAIIMS project within a time frame, a division bench, comprising Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Sheem Ali Khan, directed the Union Government to file an action taken report (ATR) on the next date of hearing.

Complaining about the dilly-dallying attitude of the centre, M P Gupta, counsel for the petitioner, Council for Protection of Public Rights and Welfare, referred to earlier records which revealed that on May 15, 2006  the estimated expenditure was Rs 332 crore, which was  hiked to Rs 533.15 crore on February 25, 2009, but till date the actual construction work had not commenced.

Add comment April 6th, 2009

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