Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).
The much-awaited government-run institute is coming up in Srikakulam, 650 km from here, in the backward north coastal Andhra region bordering Orissa.
The institute, which is being built at a cost of Rs.1.19 billion on an area of 36 acres, will have a three-storeyed 500-bed hospital, a medical college offering admission to 100 students and hostel buildings.
The premises will also have residential quarters for staff and an auditorium.
To be built by Lanco Infrastructure Limited, the complex is to offer latest healthcare facilities to people in the backward region.
The hospital will have nine departments, each equipped with a lecture hall, demonstration rooms, laboratory, library and accommodation for staff.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said his government was focusing on providing better healthcare facilities to people in remote areas.
The chief minister laid the foundation stone for the institute a day after he announced that he would set up a teaching and general hospital in the state capital. The new 750-bed teaching hospital will come up on 50 acres of land at the Erragadda neighbourhood.