In Vijayawada Health Minister Dr. K Srinivas said, “A committee appointed by the Centre to identify a location to set up AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh has expressed satisfaction over the site proposed by the state government at Mangalagiri town in Guntur district”.
Today the expert committee of four members visited the municipal town in the district. The purpose of the visit is to take stock of the infrastructure in place and other details. The minister said that the panel has expressed satisfaction over infrastructure and is in favour of establishing AIIMS in Mangalagiri as it is near Guntur.
As part of the Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation Act, the setting up of AIIMS was announced by the Narendra Modi government in its budget. Centre has allocated Rs 1200 crore for the purpose.
For establishment of the institute (AIIMS) the state government has earmarked 193 acres of land near Mangalagiri. The government also provided sufficient information to the committee on infrastructure etc.
Srinivas said, the location has many advantages as the national highway is also in close proximity of the site. The site is connected through air from Gannavaram airport near Vijayawada and by railway route from Guntur and Vijayawada.