The Samba district administration has finally handed over encumbrance-free land to the health and medical education department for setting up the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), officials said. The 244-acre land parcel is located near the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Vijaypur. It will now be transferred to the central public works department (CPWD), which is the project execution agency, the officials said. In 2015, the Center had sanctioned AIIMS for Jammu following an agitation by a union of 70 civil society groups under the banner of the AIIMS coordination committee. However, the work on the prestigious project could not start as major portions of the identified land were occupied by nomadic families. “The arduous task of clearing the proposed AIIMS site and rehabilitating nomadic families has been completed successfully and peacefully,” Deputy Commissioner, Samba, Sushma Chauhan said.
“The task was taken up on a mission-mode since July 20. Now, that the rehabilitation of displaced nomadic families has almost been completed, the district administration is focusing on providing basic facilities to the resettled families at the new site,” she said. She said a team of officials had made a synergized effort to ensure the completion of rehabilitation of nomadic families in a time-bound manner. A total of 1954 kanals and 6 marlas have been acquired for establishment of AIIMS. Of this, 747 kanals of land is on the northern side — left side of Jammu-Pathankot highway — and 1207 kanals and 6 marlas on the southern side — right side of the highway. The construction of AIIMS boundary wall is already underway, and up to 710 meters of the wall has been completed on the northern side and up to 1800 meters on the southern side, the officials said. – Tribune India