Pulwama: A team of officials from government of India’s health and family welfare ministry inspected the land at Awantipora that has been acquired for an ‘AIIMS-like’ institution.
The government has acquired 1772 kanals of land for the AIIMS. A similar institution is being built in Jammu region.
The team was headed by joint secretary Health, government of India, Sunil Sharma, who said he will submit a report to the government of India for further processes.
He was accompanied by health secretary, J&K Govt, MK. Bandhari, director health services Kashmir Dr. Sameer Matoo and the deputy commissioner of Pulwama Niraj Kumar who briefed the team about the site.
The controversy over AIIMS had heightened the polarisation between Valley and Jammu. When the PDP and BJP had formed the coalition government, it had been announced that while Jammu will get an IIT and IIM, the AIIMS will be set up in the Valley. However, several organizations had started an agitation in Jammu, demanding that the region shall have an AIIMS too. The institution has now been split between the two regions of the state.