Seven days after the imposition of Governor Rule in the state, the central public works department (CPWD) on Wednesday took up the construction work of the Jammu AIIMS to be built near Rakh Barotian in Vijaypur tehsil of Samba district.
Earlier, after pulling out of the government, BJP blamed its coalition partner PDP for not taking up the construction work of AIIMS among other projects on time in Jammu region and charged Mehbooba Mufti of discriminating with Jammu division.
DC Samba, Rajinder Singh told Greater Kashmir that the construction work of boundary wall and main gate of the AIIMS has been started.
"We performed the 'Bhoomi Poojan' of the AIIMS at its construction site near Vijaypur today," the DC Samba, Rajinder Singh said, adding that the work on the project started only after complete land measuring 1954 kanals was acquired and handed over to the health and medical education department.
The AIIMS Jammu land comprised of forest, custodian, state and private land. Around 208 nomadic Gujjar families living on the state land were earlier shifted to Tarapur village in the district.
Sources said that the work on the boundary wall and main gate, to be taken up at a cost of Rs 16.5 crore was supposed to start by April 14 this year and conclude by October 13 "but the central agency could not start the construction work on time."
"Thus, now it is expected that the main gate and the boundary wall work will conclude by the year 2019," they said.
Two AIIMS would be set up in Jammu's Vijaypur and Kashmir's Awantipora town at the cost of Rs 4,000 crore under the Government of India's Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.