Anantnag: After missing several deadlines, the much-awaited Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag campus is finally set to start classwork.
“The college authorities will take over five blocks of the college within two weeks,” an official said.
He said that these include the administration block, library block, principal’s residence, boys’ hostel, and girls’ hostel.
The college which got the approval of 100 MBBS seats in 2019 from the Medical Council of India (now National Medical Commission) has three batches 1st Prof, 2nd Prof, and 3rd Prof.
However, it is still operating from a makeshift accommodation in GMC Hospital at Janglat Mandi, an erstwhile district hospital building.
The foundation stone of the campus, located in the outskirts of Dialgam, was laid in May 2016 by the then union health minister J P Nadda and the then chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The government had initially set December 2020 as the final deadline of the Rs 133 crore project, the job of which was entrusted to Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) Limited.
Greater Kashmir had carried a series of stories on the slow progress of work on the project.
“We have completed work on the five blocks and are ready to hand it over to GMC Anantnag authorities,” JKPCC General Manager Showkat Ahmad told Greater Kashmir.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Principal GMC Anantnag, Dr Tariq Qureshi said that they would take over the blocks in the next two weeks.
“The final arrangements are underway and by the start of the New Year, the campus will be functional,” he said.
Dr Qureshi said that they were ensuring water, power supply, and other facilities to the campus before shifting.
However, an official said that the work on five other blocks – the lecture hall, departmental block I, departmental block II, professors’ quarters, and associate professors’ quarters was yet to be accomplished.
“The interior work in these blocks is still incomplete and might take five to six more months,” he said.
An official said that the landscaping, drainage work, STP, approach roads, and walls would need a separate project.
“The Health and Medical Education Department has asked the JKPCC to prepare an estimate for those works,” he said.