Three new medical colleges are proposed to be established in Lakhimpur, Dhubri and Nagaon district of Assam at a cost of INR 570 crores, by 2020, disclosed Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Health Minister in a press conference in Guwahati.
Around 90 percent cost of the medical colleges will be borne by the centre and the state government will bear the rest of the amount. For the inspection by the Medical Council of India, the state has to upgrade the hospitals in the second phase. It will cost the state INR 40-45 crore in each hospital. The state has to bear the entire amount, the minister said.
The minister further said that the land acquisition process has been completed and all these medical colleges will have 500 bedded hospitals. These medical colleges are proposed to be ready by 2020. J P Nadda, Union Health Minister will launch the construction work for the hospitals in Nagaon and Dhubri during his two-day tour of the state from February 17, 2017.
The minister also said that the ongoing construction work of the Diphu Medical College and Hospital will be completed by the end of 2017. The construction work of another three medical colleges at Tinsukia, Kokrajhar and Nalbari would commence by the end of this year, 2017.
Regarding setting up of AIIMS at Changsari in Assam, the minister said that state Government has already submitted an affidavit in the NGT after its got complaints opposing the construction work on the allotted land.
Nanda will also inaugurate new 200 bedded super speciality cancer hospital under Guwahati Medical College on 17 February 2017.