The upcoming AIIMS campus at Sijhua near Bhubaneswar is named as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The classes will begin by September 30 and the hospital will be operational from 2013.
Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee laid the foundation on July 15, 2003. Of the 100 acres required, the state government has so far handed over 92 acres to the AIIMS authorities.
The Centre has allotted Rs 820.49 crore for the 978-bed hospital with 15 super specialty and 18 specialty wards. “We are trying to ensure that at least one block is ready by August and students can stay here,” said engineer in charge of the project Ravi Ranjan.
With the project work almost in the final stages, the area, which once looked desolate, is humming with life and land prices are skyrocketing. While several apartments are coming up close to the campus, a mini market is already doing good business.