Bindu Shajan Perappadan

NEW DELHI: Work on the proposed tunnel that will connect Jayaprakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here with the main hospital has been initiated. The Administration has handed over the first instalment of funds for the multi-crore project to the DMRC which will soon start an assessment study for the same.

A senior AIIMS official said on Tuesday: “The tunnel was planned to ensure that patients are comfortable while travelling between the main hospital and the trauma centre. Heavy traffic on the route has made the trip time-consuming and uncomfortable for patients and the medical staff. We hope that through this tunnel we will be able to offer a faster and safer option to patients, their attendants and our staff.”

The tunnel is aimed specifically to help trauma patients who according to the hospital authorities face a lot of problems going from the main hospital to the trauma centre.

“The underground tunnel connecting the centre and the hospital is to be constructed by DMRC and we have handed over the first instalment of funds. Work will begin after this initial phase. We were impressed with the work done by DMRC and thus approached it to take over this work. We are sure that the tunnel connecting east and west Ansari Nagar will prove to be a boon. This is the first phase of the multi-crore project,” said a senior Institute official.

The project is listed among the expansion plans of the Institute.