Govt gives nod to infra projects worth Rs 12,178 crore

The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) has cleared Rs 12,178 crore worth of infrastructure projects and an AIIMS in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,351crore.

Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said the CCEA on Wednesday cleared the project for constructing a 14.1km long two-lane tunnel at Zojila pass providing all weather connectivity to Srinagar, Kargil and Leh in Jammu and Kashmir at the cost of Rs 6,808 crore, including the cost of land acquisition.

“As per my information, it will be the longest all-weather tunnel in Asia and among the highest passes in the world which is strategically very important for India as Kargil is a vulnerable sector given the history of infiltration from Pakistani side,” he said.

AIIMS will come up with an outlay of Rs 1,350 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsa Yojna (PMSSY). An official statement said the 750-bed AIIMS will have a medical college with an intake capacity of 100 seats and a nursing college with 60 seats.

The new AIIMS which will have 20 speciality and super speciality departments including 15 operation theatres will be completed in 48 months. It will also have residential complexes and allied facility services on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi, the statement added.

The facility will also have an AYUSH department with 30 beds for treatment in traditional system of medicine.

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