GUWAHATI: Union minister for health and family welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya, has hit out at the delay in the completion of AIIMS Guwahati, calling the execution of the project "very disappointing".
Sources privy to the review meeting convened by Mandaviya late on Sunday to take stock of the progress, said the minister asked the project executing agency to submit a revised timeline for completion to the ministry by next week.
Mandaviya urged IIT Guwahati, which is close to the proposed project, to provide all technical support and ensure that the quality of materials used is audited, the project implementation delay is overcome and all other administrative support.
"The delay in completing the construction of AIIMS Guwahati is very disappointing at a time when the country is making giant strides in fighting the pandemic, vaccine administering and all the healthcare parameters are on the upswing across the country," said Mandaviya.
The delay included major civil construction of buildings, roads, drains as well as procuring instruments for full functioning of the institute. "The timelines presented by the construction companies were not accepted since this was likely to further delay the completion of the project. The minister then suggested to have a joint meeting with all stakeholders, involve expert representatives from IIT Guwahati rather than any third party representatives and provide a roadmap within a week to the health ministry and come up with a concrete date on the inauguration of the AIIMS, Guwahati campus," read an IIT Guwahati release on Monday.
In order to fulfill the aspirations of the citizens of Assam and northeast region who have to travel to far off states for better medical facilities, he observed, it is necessary to complete the construction work as well procure all necessary medical equipment immediately, so that the best medical facilities are available at the doorstep.
Mandaviya also requested state health minister Keshab Mahanta to facilitate filling up of senior administrative positions from state cadre officials on priority basis.
Mandaviya and Mahanta alongwith other officials of various departments, including IIT Guwahati officials, visited the AIIMS construction site at Changsari, on the outskirts of Guwahati and reviewed the entire campus, including the progress of the construction work.
Professor TG Sitharam, director, IIT Guwahati, said the Institute has made elaborate plans to set-up a medical school at the institute along with the support of the state government, and a pre-proposal for the same has been submitted to the health department.