Jaitley to lay foundation stone of IIM in Amritsar on June 19

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2016 14:47 IST
Preparations underway at the IIM site in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

As it’s all set for Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to lay the foundation stone of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Amritsar on June 19, the state government is making all efforts to make the ceremony a grand affair.

As the government has selected 60 acres of land in Manawala on the National Highway-1 for the IIM campus, a lot of buzz is seen at the location these days.

Besides setting up of three stages, nearly 10,000 chairs have been put at the venue. A brand new entry road, 100 acres of parking area for buses, 28 acre parking area for the cars are being set up to ensure a grand show.

The function, which is attaining all the hype in the city and officers are busy to make it a hit, will be attended by Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, besides the Union finance minister.

Other than Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, all cabinet ministers, MLAs and senior leadership from both, the Akali Dal and the BJP, will attend the event.

The government will also be inviting staff members and students from various universities in Punjab.

The venue is seeing a lot of activity as the leaders of both the BJP and the Akali Dal are making rounds to the venue to ensure that all goes smooth.

On Tuesday, principal secretary to chief minister SK Sandhu also visited the venue and took meeting of the officers to know about the preparations made for the function.

Cabinet minister Bikram Majithia also held a meeting with officials on Wednesday to know about the arrangements made.

Notably, Jaitley had announced IIM for Amritsar in 2014 budget, but there was a delay in finding suitable land for the institute, causing delay in the foundation laying ceremony.

With the government transferring 60 acres land to the IIM, now it’s all set for Amritsar to have a building that will be completed in coming years.

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