Srinagar, November 25: People of two different areas of south Kashmir are pitted against each other over the construction of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the Kashmir valley. With this, the Minister for Health and Medical Education in the state is stuck in the middle of a new emerging controversy.
The people of two towns of South Kashmir Pampore and Awantipora are at crosshairs with each other for the last one week over the construction of AIIMS after an announcement made by the Minister for Health and Medical Education. The minister visited Awantipora last week where he identified land for the construction of AIIMS. He was accompanied by some of the officials of Health Department. Ironically, neither MLA Pampore Zahoor Ahmad Mir nor the legislator from Tral constituency Mushtaq Ahmad Shah was present when the Minister made the trip to Awantipora.
It has been announced that AIIMS in Kashmir will be constructed in Awantipora. Since the legislators of Pampore and Tral Assembly constituencies were absent while the ministry made that announcement, they were not taken into confidence before making of such an announcement by Health Minister.
However, the saffron rich town of Pampore town is somewhat sandwiched between Pampore and Tral towns in South Kashmir area. Awanitpora is almost equidistant from Pampore and Tral towns, but the distance from Tral is less than the distance from Pampore.
Also, the people from all across the Kashmir thinks that establishment of AIIMS in Awantipora will be a wrong decision because of the fact that the town is at a huge distance from both Central and North Kashmir. There is a general feeling that the hospital should be established at a easy location with in the easy reach from around the Kashmir.
Also, the road to Awantipora is packed with traffic most of the times where as Pampore is an easy reachable place. Hence, people prefer Pampore over Awantipora with respect to the construction of AIIMS in the Kashmir valley.