Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Himachal Pradesh on October 5 where he will inaugurate the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bilaspur as well as lay the foundation stone for projects worth over Rs 3,650 crore.
According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), AIIMS Bilaspur hospital is constructed at a cost of more than Rs 1470 crore, is a cutting-edge hospital with 18 speciality and 17 super speciality departments, 18 modular operation theatres, and 750 beds, including 64 ICU beds.
The hospital, which is spread across 247 acres, is equipped with 24 hour emergency and dialysis services, advanced diagnostic machines like as ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, and so on, as well as an Amrit Pharmacy and Jan Aushadhi Kendra and a 30 bedded AYUSH block.
The hospital has also set up the Centre for Digital Health to provide health services in the tribal and inaccessible tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh.
Also, specialist health services will be provided by the hospital through health camps in the inaccessible tribal and high Himalayan regions like Kaza, Saluni, and Keylong. The hospital will admit 100 students for MBBS courses and 60 students for nursing courses every year.
"Prime Minister's vision and commitment to strengthen health services across the country is being showcased again through the inauguration of AIIMS Bilaspur. The hospital, whose foundational stone was also laid by the Prime Minister in October 2017, is being established under the Central sector scheme Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana," PMO said in a statement.
He will also lay the foundation stone of around 31 km long project for four laning of the National Highway from Pinjore to Nalagarh on NH-105, worth over Rs 1690 crore.
The project road is a major connecting link for the traffic from Ambala, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Solan/Shimla going towards Bilaspur, Mandi and Manali.
"About 18 km stretch of this four-lane national highway falls under Himachal Pradesh and the remaining portion falls in Haryana," it said.
This highway will ensure better transport facilities in Nalagarh-Baddi, the industrial hub of Himachal Pradesh, and will also give a fillip to further industrial development in the region.
As per PMO, the highway will also boost tourism in the state.
The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Medical Device Park at Nalagarh, which will be built at a cost of about Rs 350 crore.
Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) of more than Rs 800 crore have already been signed for setting up industries in this Medical Device Park. The project will significantly enhance employment opportunities in the region.
Later, PM Modi will inaugurate the Government Hydro Engineering College at Bandla.
"Costing about Rs 140 crore, the college will help make available trained manpower for hydropower projects, in which Himachal Pradesh is one of the leading states. It will help in upskilling the youth and providing ample job opportunities in the hydropower sector," the statement reads.
He will also participate in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.
The International Kullu Dussehra Festival will be celebrated from October 5 to 11 at the Dhalpur Ground of Kullu.
The festival is unique in the sense that it is the congregation of more than 300 Deities of the Valley. On the first day of the Festival, the Deities in their well-decorated palanquins pay their obeisance at the temple of the Chief Deity Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and then proceed to the Dhalpur Ground.
Modi will witness this divine Rath Yatra and the grand assembly of the deities in the historic Kullu Dussehra celebrations.
It will be the first time ever that the Prime Minister of the country is participating in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.
(With additional information from ANI)