Three sites identified for AIIMS in Jammu

Jammu, August 29: As a good news to the people of Jammu, three sites of land as desired for the establishment of  AIIMS in Jammu has been identified. Also, The district administration has submitted all the relevant documents to the Divisional Commissioner Jammu for the further submission to the Administrative Secretary of the Health and Medical Education Department and then to the Union Health Ministry.

As per reports in Daily Excelsior, the sites of lands indenfied are in Kot Bhalwal, Nagrota and Sunjwan-Raika. Reports says that in Sunjwan more than 200 acres has been recommended by the revenue functionaries for establishment of AIIMS.

Reports also suggest that the Major chunk of land at all the three locations falls in forests but there would not be any hitch in finalizing any one of them because diversion of forest land for non-forestry purposes particularly for projects of much public importance has become a routine not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in other parts of the country also.

It is pertinent to mention here that Union Joint Secretary in his communication dated August 4, 2015 had advised Dr M K Bhandari, Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department of State Government to identify pieces of land measuring approximately 200 acres each in both Jammu and Srinagar. Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh on August 12 has directed the Revenue authorities about the identification of site for the establishment of AIIMS by or before August 31.

The revenue functionaries on August 28 submitted the report to the Deputy Commissioner strictly as per the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry and after analyzing the same, the Deputy Commissioner submitted all the relevant papers of the identified locations to the Divisional Commissioner, Dr Pawan Kotwal today.

The identified sites with exact geographical coordinates of all the three locations, classification of land, details of road connectivity from National Highway, Railway Station and Airport have been provided in the report. Moreover, the formats, which were required to be filled as per the directions of the Union Ministry.

“Now, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu would forward the papers submitted by the Deputy Commissioner to the Health and Medical Education Department for onward submission to the Union Ministry”, sources said, after which Union Ministry already constituted two teams will visit all three site and will finalize sites for establishment of AIIMS.


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