Pampore residents upbeat over AIIMS

SHAFAQ SHAH

SRINAGAR: Pampore residents are upbeat after district authorities identified around 1200 kanals of land in the town for establishment of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).
The officials have chosen Somber area of Pampore for the much anticipated AIIMS’s Kashmir branch. The proposed site was agricultural land with proper road connectivity with Pulwama town, said Shabir Ahmed Darzi, Tehsildar of Pampore.
AIIMS hospital — one of the India’s premier research and referral hospitals catering thousands of patients across India — is currently only established in New Delhi. In February while presenting the budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced to set up branches of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in five states, including Jammu and Kashmir.
The Finance Minister’s proposal has been welcomed by the people of Pampore.
“We are very excited that the hospital will be constructed in our town. This is an honor for the people of Pampore,” said Ghulam Mohammad Wani, a resident.
“Even if the government wants to build the hospital after bulldozing our houses, we are ready for that” Wani said.
A shopkeeper, Nazir Ahmad said that many of their health related problems would be solved. “We have to go outside Kashmir for our treatment, and pay huge amount for accommodations as well as on treatment. Now our problems will be solved, if AIIMS like hospital will be in Kashmir. And if the government has chosen Pampore, its great news for us,” said a shopkeeper.
The members of Pampore Coordination Committee also are happy about the new development. “This is a great idea. And Pampore is the right place for AIIMS, because the place can be accessible to all from every corner of Kashmir through rail, road and air,” they said.
The construction of AIIMS had created dissent among some people of Galander in Pampore, where government was earlier planning to establish the hospital. The angry farmers, whose land government was planning to acquire, were planning to “protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Tehsildar Pampore, Shabir Ahmad said that they were now waiting for a nod from the higher ups as the site was approved by Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama.