The administration has initiated measures to relocate the much-awaited 100-bed satellite centre of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on the outskirts of the town on the Ferozepur-Moga road.
Since the approval by the UPA government at the Centre in 2014, the satellite centre, to be set up at a cost of ₹200 crore, had been lying in limbo due to the non-finalisation of the land following which not only the local residents, but also of adjoining areas were left with no option but to keep visiting far-flung areas like Ludhiana, Jalandhar or Amritsar for advanced medical treatment.
The SAD-BJP government initially gave its nod in 2014 to the proposal mooted by the financial commissioner (development) to allot 25-acre gram panchayat land at Wajidpur village to the local horticulture department in exchange of their land to be given for the PGI centre at Malwal village , on the Ferozepur-Moga state highway, but the proposal could not materialise.
Thereafter, state authorities transferred the 16-acre land of the ITI ground to the health department, situated in the heart of the town, but later, PGI authorities demanded 5.5-acre more land for the construction of houses for doctors and other staff, which was also approved in February 2016, but even then the construction could not start.
“PGI authorities were not in favour of setting up its centre in a thickly populated area near the ITI. Moreover, they were skeptical of the selected site as it was located at two separate places,” disclosed sources.
“Now with the change of guard, the state government again mooted the process to relocate the land at Malwal village to tackle the issue of traffic chaos and its adverse effect on the emergency treatment,” official sources revealed, pleading anonymity.
“A resolution has to be approved by the panchayat of Wajidpur village to transfer its land to the horticulture department in exchange of their land to be given for the PGI centre at Malwal village ,” reliable sources added.
Deputy commissioner Ramvir said, “We are at an advnced stage of acquiring the land for the PGI centre and very soon its foundation stone will be laid down.”