The UT administration has accepted the proposal to give land to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here for its future expansion plans. The land will be allotted in Sarangpur village.
The UT administration officials confirmed that they have received a proposal from the institute demanding land for its future expansion plans. "We have accepted the proposal and have agreed in principle to their demand. The land will be allotted at Sarangpur and will work out the final plan soon," said VK Singh, UT finance secretary.
The administration, in the past, had promised to meet the land requirement of Panjab University and PGIMER with an aim to give a boost to health and education in the city.
The PGIMER was demanding land for its expansion for past several years. The institute administration moved similar proposals with the Punjab government for land at Mullanpur village in Medicity project and from the Haryana government in Panchkula.
Though the Haryana government agreed to give land to the institute, nothing happened on the ground. However, the Punjab government refused to give land and instead gave it for opening of Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital.
When contacted, PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, "We have big plans to expand in near future so land is our basic requirement. The representation for land was given to both Punjab and Haryana governments and UT administration also. We are hopeful that we will get land from the UT."
At present, the PGIMER has 277 acres of land and is not left with much space for its future expansion.
Under the 12th five year plan, the institute has been sanctioned Rs 1,200 crore and has already got approval to open five centres including, Neuro Sciences Centre, Advanced Mother and Child Care Centre, Advanced Liver Centre, Mental Health Centre and Urban and Rural Health Centre.