The centre has reportedly refused to set up the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Kerala. 

 


The decision was conveyed by J P Nadda, Union Health Minister to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. 

 


Lobbying for the institution was high among MPs from the state after the Centre asked Kerala to shortlist three sites for the hospital with space of at least 200 acres. Proposals were recieved from Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram.

 

However, the government had sent details of four shortlisted sites to Centre for setting up AIIMS. 

 


The four locations identified for establishing AIIMS were, the open jail compound at Nettukaltheri in Thiruvananthauram, land belonging to the medical college at Kottayam, the HMT land at Kalamasserry in Ernakulam district and the land at Kinalur in Kozhikode district with the Industries Department.