Even as the Punjab government had finalised a site at Awaan village, nearly 35 km from here, to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and sent a report to the Centre in this regard, a central team visited the village on Wednesday “in search of some better options”.
The team also visited the Amritsar central jail, Airport Road, which would be vacated after the completion of a new jail building at Fatahpur village.
It has been learnt that the central team is “not too happy with the proposed site and looking for some better options”.
However, Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat refuted that the team was not fully satisfied with the proposed site and was looking for some better options.
Though the team visited the central jail, said the DC, the purpose was something else, not the IIM.
After landing at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport here on Wednesday, the central team led by joint secretary, union ministry of home affairs, SP Goel headed for Awaan village.
The team, along with officials of the district administration, inspected the proposed site and also looked into approach roads and other elements.
After union finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech announced an IIM for Punjab, the state government launched a search for a site and after several rounds of meetings of top officials Awaan village was finalised.
However, with the central team looking for some better option, the state government many provide some more options to them.
The joint secretary said they needed 60 acre for the proposed IIM.
Notably, the district administration is keen on getting the IIM set up at Awaan, however, according to sources with the administration, Awaan is 35 km from Amritsar and needs development, thus more options may be considered by the Centre.
Team to submit report
Bhagat said, “After inspections, the team will submit a report to the central government.” When asked was the team satisfied with the proposed site, the DC said, “We have shown them the exact location and now they have to submit a report.”
IIM classes from July 15
However, until the IIM gets its own building, it will operate from the building of government polytechnic near Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU).
The central team, along with the DC, also visited the polytechnic, where they had been assured that all arrangements were in place for commencing the classes.