Jharkhand: Bandhu wants AIIMS to come up in Itki, writes to Hemant

Ranchi: A lawmaker from the ruling alliance government in Jharkhand has suggested chief minister Hemant Soren to consider setting up of second AIIMS facility in the state in Ranchi’s Itki area. In a formal letter to Soren on Monday, Mandar MLA Bandhu Tirkey has requested him to send a proposal to union government in this regard.

Notably, the central government has recently asked the state to identify land for this project following demands from the lawmakers here. Stressing on the need for an AIIMS in Ranchi, BJP’s MP from Ranchi Sanjay Seth has few weeks ago requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In response, PMO has sent a communiqué to state government asking it to earmark land for further considerations.

Tirkey too said that in the month of May this year, he had written to the then union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to convert a TB hospital in Itki on Ranchi outskirts into AIIMS. In response to Tirkey’s letter, Harsh Vadhan in a written communiqué back to him had then promised to look into his request.

Following Centre’s latest communiqué to state on this issue, Tirkey has advised Soren to select Itki hospital for AIIMS project. “This place is best suitable for AIIMS as it has over 300 acres area, is well connected with road, rail and air route. Airport is only 15 km from here. By selecting this site for second AIIMS in the state, will be our best bet,” Tirkey wrote.

Temple town Deoghar in Santhal Pargana commissionary is home to state’s lone AIIMS, a premier centrally funded medical college and hospital. While it’s permanent campus is currently under construction in Devipur but has started functioning in phased manner.