Despite the passage of more than six (6) months since the finalization of site for establishment of AIIMS in Jammu, the state government is yet to acquire the land for setting up the prestigious health institute in the region, reliable sources informed Greater Kashmir. They said that the ground work can only be started once the land is acquired, which is likely to take considerable time.
They informed, "The Health Department has although, written to the administration to acquire the land, already finalized at Vijaipur in Jammu region for setting up AIIMS, but the same is yet to be acquired".
It may be mentioned that a six member central team headed by Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Rakesh Kumar inspected two sites, one in Ghagwal and another in Vijaipur, in Samba District of Jammu region in December last year after which the site at Vijaipur was finalized for establishment of AIIMS.
Later, the Government of India (GoI) also accorded formal sanction in May this year for setting up two separate AIIMS, one in Jammu and one in Kashmir, but the land for setting up the mega health institute in Jammu has not been acquired by the government.
Reliable sources however, said that the process for acquiring the land has just been started by the government but it will still take considerable time owing to certain legal formalities and other procedural hurdles involved in the process.
DC Samba, Sheetal Nanda, when contacted confirmed that they have received a communiqué from the concerned Health Department regarding initiation of process for acquiring the land.
"We have received a Letter of Indent from the Health Department for acquiring the land at Vijaipur measuring approximately 2000 kanals", she said, while adding that the process in this regard has been initiated.
"We have issued a notice under Section 4(1) of Land Acquisition Act for filing of objections, if any", Nanda said, while adding, "If there are no objections filed before the administration, we will then again write to the government for according formal approval in respect of acquiring the land".
Once the government gives its approval, only then we can move ahead to acquire the land, she said.
It may be mentioned here that an amount of Rs 4,000 crore has been ear-marked for setting up AIIMS under the Prime Minister's reconstruction package for the state.