Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar were also present on the occasion.
Mr Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone for AIIMS.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Mr Modi had approved setting up of AIIMS at Thoppur in Madurai on December 17 last year and it was announced in the 2015-16 Union Budget.
With an approved budget of Rs 1,264 crores, the construction, operation and maintenance cost of new AIIMS was being fully borne by the Union Government.
It will be completed in 45 months by September 2022. (UNI)