The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh has unveiled plans to build a 150-bed critical care unit on the campus.

According to a PTI report, the new facility will be developed with an investment of Rs980m ($12.3m). AIIMS Bhopal has already received approval to build the critical care unit and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed for construction works.

The institute also plans to increase the number of beds in all departments by 10% to better serve the local community.

AIIMS Bhopal executive director Dr Ajai Singh was quoted by the news agency as saying: “Currently, there are 950 beds in the general ward and 150 beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward. The number of beds in all the departments of the hospital will be increased by 10%.”

Singh further said that the institute will also start six new departments soon.

“At present, 42 departments are functional in the institute and due to non-availability of faculty members in two departments, they could not be started,” he added.

Building a multi-level parking on the campus and making hospital building/facilities more friendly for differently abled people are also under consideration.

Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated 250-bed Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital in Dharampur, Gujarat.

He also opened seven new cancer hospitals in the state of Assam earlier this year. The seven facilities are located at Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, and Jorhat.