AIIMS Awantipora back on track as Army, SMRDA issue NOCs

Additional 34 acres of land being acquired for project

By: Ibni Maqbool

The construction work on the ambitious project of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMs), Awantipora has resumed after

Srinagar, Dec 5: The Army and Srinagar Metropolitan Regional Development  Authority(SMRDA) granting  No Objection Certificatehas led to the resumption of construction work on the ambitious project of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMs), Awantipora in South Kashmir.

The latest status of the Prime Minister’s Development Project (PMDP) for J&K reveals that work on the project has resumed in the last week of October 2021. “Work has resumed and is going on smoothly after removing the bottlenecks in the revised Master Plan,” reads the status report of the project.
According to the report, seven percent work on main AIIMS buildings has been completed till date. “Boundary wall almost completed except in some portions which shall be taken up with main work,” the report states.
The work on the ambitious project was halted in May this year due to objections from the Army.
The Army had claimed that the proposed AIIMS campus hugs the military garrison and has a common boundary wall of 1.7 km and the NoC guidelines issued by the Ministry of Defence dated May 18, 2011 stipulate that “no construction within 100 meters and no buildings above the four stories within 500 meters from the periphery of the military garrison”.
“There are ten multi-storied buildings (10 to 38 meters high) which directly overlook the sensitive installation of s military garrisons,” the Army said.

After objections from the Army, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had constituted a committee for resolving the issue.

The committee decided that the Central Public Works Department(CPWD) should revise the master plan in line with the security instructions issued by the Ministry of Defence.

According to the status report, additional 34 acres of land is being acquired for the project. “Additional 34 acre of land made available by the district administration and formal acquisition is being expedited,” the report states.

The announcement of setting up AIIMs in J&K was made by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Union Budget for 2015-2016.

After the PDP-BJP government decided to set it up in Kashmir Valley, political groups in Jammu demanded setting up of a similar health institution there.  Subsequently, the Centre announced AIIMS for Jammu region.

On January 01, 2019, the Union Cabinet approved setting up of AIIMS at Awantipora at the cost of Rs 1828 crore.






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