SRINAGAR: The army has vacated some land for construction of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Kashmir Valley. The land vacated by the army is part of the nearly 1500 kanals of land acquired by the state government and handed over to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD)
GM Dar, Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama, the district where the hospital is to come up, told Kashmir Reader that out of 1,792 kanals of land required for the project, 1,490 kanals have been acquired and handed over to the executing agency of the project, the CPWD.
“The process for the rest is on, and will soon be completed,’ he said. “A portion of land was also under army, used as a firing range, which has been retrieved, too.”
The Rs 2000-crore AIIMS project, to have a capacity of nearly 1,000 beds, was approved in 2016 by the Government of India. The AIIMS is to be established at Awantipora near Srinagar-Jammu Highway in Pulwama district. Its construction is yet to begin.
Dar said the delay was due to the size of the project, and it required multiple procedures in the pre-execution stage.
“An approach road had to be laid, power connection and water supply had to installed, land had to be acquired, which has been done now. CPWD has also visited the site. They were making the design, which is complete now. In coming days, a high-level meeting will be chaired by the Chief Minister regarding the hospital,” he said. “The beginning of the construction is not far away. It will be started soon.”
Dar added that the money for the acquirement of the land has also been paid to people as per their satisfaction.
“The money was paid on negotiating rates, and the rest of acquisition will be done on the same,” he said.
For the acquirement of the land under the army, he said, the state paid nothing because it was the land of the state and was given to them for time being.
“We neither paid any sum, nor offered them any alternative land. It was our land, and retained it,” he said.