Despite tall claims by the government, AIIMS, the prestigious health institute, seems a distant dream as the government is faced with a challenging task of acquiring land for the prestigious project. It is believed that the government will not to spend several crores to rehabilitate 204 families which have been putting up in concrete homes at the site identified by the government at Vijapur in Samba District.
"For setting up AIIMS in Jammu, a high level committee constituted by the Government of India (GoI) gave approval to the site at Vijapur subject to conditions including availability of power, water and most importantly, transfer of land in favour of Health and Medical Education Department," official sources informed Greater Kashmir.
They however, said that none of the conditions as laid down by the central government has yet been fulfilled by the state government despite the passage of more than a year.
"The most challenging task which the state government is faced with for acquiring the land is rehabilitation of 204 Gujjar families which have been putting up in concrete homes (structures) at the site identified by the government".
The government has formulated a proposal of Rs 4.63 crores as compensation and rehabilitation of 204 families, sources further informed.
In addition to this, the government will also have to spend crores before the formal ground work for setting up AIIMS is started.
Apart from the Government Land, the site has two other components, Private Land and Forest Land. "All these have to be paid compensation only then the government can initiate the process for acquisition of land," sources informed.
In respect of Private Land, the government has prepared a proposal of Rs 8 crore as compensation.
In this regard, DC Samba, Sheetal Nanda when contacted, said that once the government gives approval, only then the acquisition process can be initiated.
"After approval of funds for acquiring Private Land, first of all, Notification under Section 6 and 7 of Land Acquisition Act has to be issued and then with the consent, the land can be acquired," Nanda said.
Similarly, the Forest Department has also claimed a compensation of more than Rs 5 crore, sources informed. The government is yet to pay compensation to the Forest Department, they said. Once all the conditions are fulfilled and the land is formally acquired/transferred, only then the funds will be released by the Government of India for construction of AIIMS in Jammu.