UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki on Thursday sanctioned 50-acres to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for expansion of institutional and residential area.
In a high-level meeting, chaired by the UT administrator, it was decided to allot the land to the health facility.
The PGI authorities had demanded 65 acres for the purpose. The administration last year had also discussed the issue, with the PGI maintaining that it wanted land close to the institute.
The land has been allotted 2 km from the PGI’s existing campus on the road leading to Sarangpur.
UT administration officials will initiate the paperwork for the transfer of land. The administration had been contemplating PGI expansion for some time but was not able to finalise the required land. Last year, the administration had cleared allocation of 60 acres for a residential project for faculty and students.
Every year, nearly 20 lakh people visit the PGI, which is spread over 277 acres in Sector 12. The number is expected to reach up to 40 lakh in the coming years, which is four times the current population of the city.
Earlier, the PGI was told it would be allotted land in Sectors 50, 51, 52, 53 of the city, but the institute had stressed on land location at Sarangpur as it would be directly accessible from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The PGI has been given 10-acre land at Mullanpur to set up a satellite centre also.