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Tamil Nadu urges Centre to finalize venue for AIIMS soon

J. Jayalalithaa urges Narendra Modi to expedite the announcement finalizing the venue of AIIMS to be opened in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite the announcement finalizing the venue of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to be opened in the state.

“You would recall that soon after an announcement was made in the Union Budget 2014-15 that new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences would be set up in different places in the country, I had written to you on 18 July 2014, appreciating the initiative and requesting that one such institute should be established in Tamil Nadu," said Jayalalithaa in her letter given as a press statement on Wednesday.

The state government has already identified the required extent of land at Sengipatti in Thanjavur district, Chengalpattu in Kancheepuram district, Pudukottai town in Pudukottai district, Perundurai in Erode district and Thoppur in Madurai district.

In the Union Budget of 2015-16, the establishment of an AIIMS in Tamil Nadu was announced. A central team visited Tamil Nadu from 22 to 25 April 2015 and inspected all the five identified locations. However, so far the final decision on where would AIIMS be set up is yet to be communicated, said the press release.

This prestigious project will provide state-of-the-art medical facilities and services to the people of Tamil Nadu. “I request you to expedite the announcement of location of the AIIMS in Tamil Nadu and to ensure that the construction and establishment of AIIMS is initiated without any further delay," urged the chief minister.

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