In the first step towards establishment of prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Kashmir, State Health and Medical Education department has asked Revenue department to identify land for the purpose.
The move comes after Union Health Minister JP Nadda wrote to Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to come up with suitable location for setting up the institution.
"We have written to the Revenue department to identify location," outgoing Commissioner Secretary, Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department, Shantamanu told Greater Kashmir.
According to sources, Revenue department has been directed to furnish information sought by Government of India as per the "check-list" devised by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
"For selection of a site to set up AIIMS, a check-list has been devised by the Ministry. The Ministry has asked the state government to furnish the requisite information upon receipt of which a central team would be deputed to the state to conduct inspection before finalization of the spot," reads the letter written by the Health Department.
Earlier, Nadda had asked Mufti to identify suitable location (200 acres of land) with basic facilities and statutory clearances for setting up the institution.
The check-list involves information on parameters like land particulars, disease profile of region, details of existing facilities, connectivity, existing water supply lines, features of topography and contours of land.
Union Finance Minister AtunJaitley had announced AIIMS for Kashmir in the budget which he presented earlier this year. However the issue snowballed into a controversy as Jammu, which has been given IIM and IIT, also demanding AIIMS for the region.
However, on May 15, the CM made it clear that AIIMS will go to Kashmir. "It is clear that AIIMS is for Kashmir while Jammu will get IIT and IIM. If people of Jammu can travel to Delhi for better treatment, I do not think they have any issue in traveling to Kashmir which takes only half-hour by air and will take 4 hours by road after four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar highway," Mufti said.