The district administration has finally began the process of shifting over 200 Gujjar families from the land identified for the construction of the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the Vijaypur area of Samba district.
All the nomadic families to the area identified under Resettlement Plan and work on the mega project is likely to be started shortly by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
It took almost three years for the district administration to negotiate with these families.
This issue remained un-resolved for quite long time even after the preparation of Resettlement Plan by the State Government, no construction activity could be started till early this year as the huge chunk of Land was under the possession of large number of nomadic families and they were reluctant to shift to any other location.
Official sources said there were around 330 families who were occupying nearly 650 kanals.
But Now put its men and machinery into service and started raising boundary wall.
A total of 1954 kanals and 6 marlas of land has been acquired for establishment of AIIMS. Of this, 747 kanals of land is on the northern side—left side of Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and 1207 kanals and 6 marlas on southern side-right side of the highway.
In the Resettlememnt Plan, All these families would be rehabilitated and settled in the Rakh Barnoti area, adjacent to the upcoming AIIMS, and 10 marlas of land will be given to each family.
“The process of shifting families and removal of structures raised by them has almost been completed and within next few days the Samba district administration would be in a position to formally hand over encumbrances free land to the Health and Medical Education Department of the State for construction of AIIMS”, sources said.
Deputy Commissioner Samba Sushma Chauhan has disclosed that entire process of shifting nomadic families to the rehabilitation site will be completed by or before September 19 and on September 20, adding “we have cleared the decks for start of work on the project that too without any resistance of any sort from any quarter”.
The boundary wall, she said that on the north side out of perimeter of 2.5 kilometres, 710 metre of plinth work and brick work up to 300 metre has been completed till date and State Forest Corporation has started cutting of trees.
Similarly, on the southern side, out of boundary wall perimeter of 4 kilometres, 1200 meter of earth excavation work and pillar work up to 900 metre has been completed besides RCC work up to 150 metre on the River Devak side.
The state government has identified as 1,954 kanals for the Rs 2,000-crore AIIMS project which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) on November 7, 2015.