Deputy commissioner Simrandeep Singh on Wednesday convened a meeting of revenue officers of the district to identify a parcel of land of 200 acres where the premier health institute - All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would be set up.
The revenue officers were told to identify the land by or before August 30 so that the proposal can be submitted to the union government, through the state health department for inviting the central team for inspection of the site.
The DC briefed the revenue officials on the guidelines issued by union health ministry regarding the site selection. The officers were told to provide exact geographical coordinates of the location; classification of land and the details of road connectivity from the national highway, the railway head and the airport.
The DC also asked officials to clearly specify the features of land viz whether the land proposed is flood prone, encroached, presence of water bodies, forest cover, etc.
The meeting was attended by SDM north, SDM south, tehsildar Nagrota, tehsildar Jammu and tehsildar Bahu.
The establishment of AIIMS in Jammu has became an emotive issue here. Protests broke out in Jammu in April over reported shifting of AIIMS to the valley.
Since then, AIIMS Coordination Committee (ACC), an amalgam of 70.
non-political organisations, is spearheading the agitation for setting up of AIIMS in Jammu.
The opposition parties including the Congress, National Conference and Panthers Party have also extended their support to ACC on the issue.
Bandh in support of AIIMS
Jammu has witnessed bandhs on three separate occasions. The six-day bandh call was suspended temporarily on August 5, after the state government said the Centre had directed it to identify land for establishing AIIMS in Jammu. However, the ACC is continuing its sit-in protests and is demanding full-fledged AIIMS.
The ACC has now demanded a clear-cut notification that specifies the name of the place in Jammu where the AIIMS will be established.
"We will not accept any such institute as AIIMS Kashmir (campus Jammu," ACC leaders have stated.
Work at courts remains suspended
Meanwhile, work at courts across Jammu continues to be suspended since July 24 in support of the demand of a separate AIIMS in Jammu. The Bar Association in Jammu has also called for suspension of work till August 16.