The district administration has identified two sites for the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and sent these to the government.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced the IIM for Punjab in the union budget.
The district administration has identified 200 acres of land each at Sheron Bagga village near Baba Bakala and at Awaan village near Ajnala.
Both sites are quite far off from Amritsar city. High rates of property in and around the city are responsible for this.
Since the Punjab government had to provide land for the project, finding 200 acres in the city would have been an uphill task. And had they found it, the cost of land would have burdened the government.
Now, a team from the Centre is expected to visit Amritsar soon to finalise the location. The team will visit the two villages, both situated around 35 km from Amritsar city.
Confirming this, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, “Ever since Jaitley announced the IIM, we were on the look-out for suitable land as the Centre had asked to provide 200 acres for the project. First, eight sites were shortlisted and now after further zeroing in on the two sites, the names have been sent to the Punjab government, which will further send it to the Centre.”
The deputy commissioner said the land at both villages was panchayat land and the consent had been taken from the panchayats.
Awaan seems to be more suitable as it has better connectivity and also approach roads. The Central team is expected to visit in a month’s time to choose the final site.