New All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that has been proposed to be set up at Mangalagiri will cost a whopping expenditure to the government. The 960 bed hospital infrastructure planned in Guntur district will incur an expenditure of Rs 1,620 Crore.
The site which is currently occupied by the National Disaster Response force (NDRF) lodges its extensive battalion. The commandant of the battalion, Prashant Dhar stated that another alternative site of 50 acres near Vijayawada was actually promised to NDRF by the government.
The Mangalagiri AIIMS will turn out to be smaller than the present Government General Hospital at Guntur, which has 1,170 beds.
The foundation for the nationally acclaimed hospital was earlier planned on the premises of the defunct TB sanatorium. The stone was supposed to be laid by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on May 14, but was postponed.
Mangalagiri is a prominent temple town of Andhra Pradesh. It is also one of the three locations where three premier institutes are planned to be set up under the wing of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
The cost of the above three super-specialty hospitals has been pegged at Rs. 4,950 crore. The institutes will have one hospital each with a capacity of 960 beds along with separate blocks for teaching, administration, AYUSH, auditoriums, nursing colleges, night shelters and hostel and residential facilities.