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Work on permanent campus of IIM-Amritsar takes off

Even though construction has taken off, but deadlock between the government and IIM committee continues over campus land

punjab Updated: May 19, 2017 10:44 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
The temporary building of the Indian Institute of Management in Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Three years after the state government acquired 61-acre land at Manawala on the Amritsar-Jalandhar GT Road for a permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Amritsar, the project has finally seen the light of day.

The construction of the 3.35km boundary wall was finally started on Thursday. The work has been entrusted to Central Public Works Department Amritsar for which over ₹3 crore has been allotted. “The wall will take around 8 months to be constructed. We might have to leave certain portions as there are issues which need to be addressed,” civil engineer RK Rampal said.

Rajya Sabha Member Parliament Shweit Malik visited the temporary campus (polytechnic college complex) on Thursday. Speaking to HT, Malik said there are a few problems due to which the project has been affected. “The project delay has been due to the deadlock between the IIM management and state government. The IIM committee has been asking for the change of land used for the campus site from the town planning department. Other issues include a no objection certificate from NHAI and land for proposed entry gate towards NH-15,” said Malik, and added the IIM authorities want another entry gate from the NH-15 side.

About the campus
  • IIM Amritsar was set up on July 27, 2015 under the Society Act, 1860.
  • The institute started functioning with the batch of 45 students under the mentorship of IIM Kozhikodhe in a temporary campus.At present, it has a total of 104 students.
  • Intake of student strength for PGP-03 batch (2017-2019) is expected to increase to 200.

Deadlock remains

Even though construction has taken off, but deadlock between the government and IIM committee continues over campus land. “One of the most important issue being faced in setting up the proposed institution is the settlement of 1-acre private land inside the permanent campus site and settlement of existing and old kuccha path passing through the adjoining private land owner. We hope Punjab chief minister can help us as these issues are hindering the project pace,” said IIM Amritsar placement officer Sanjay Tripathi.

While Malik said, “Centre government brought this project in Punjab with the help of Badal government. The projects should now be taken forward by the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government.” He added: “IIM Amritsar is a big achievement for Punjab and for this project, even if I have to go personally and beg Captain, I will. I am sure he will resolve issues on priority and make this project successful.”

Meanwhile, giving details on expenditure and grants received, the IIM-Amritsar authorities on Thursday said they have received ₹26.82 crore, out of which till March 31, they had spent ₹15.01 crore. Tentative cost for the campus has been estimated at around ₹671 crore, which includes building cost of permanent campus and equipment, furnishing, IT infrastructure and etc.

First Published: May 19, 2017 10:44 IST