Har­sim­rat, Man­preet spar over NOCs for AIIMS at Bathinda

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - Sachin Sharma sachin.ku­mar2@hin­dus­tan­times.com

› It is a cen­tral govt project. There arises no ques­tion of the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing any hur­dles in the project. The SAD is play­ing pol­i­tics. MAN­PREET SINGH BADAL, Pun­jab fi­nance min­is­ter

› The site is not even be­ing made en­cum­brance­free by shift­ing of wa­ter cour­ses, for­get the grant of en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance or ap­proval of CLU and build­ing plans. HAR­SIM­RAT KAUR BADAL, Union min­is­ter and Bathinda MP

BATHINDA: Union food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries min­is­ter Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal, who is also the Bathinda MP, and Pun­jab fi­nance min­is­ter Man­preet Singh Badal, on Satur­day, sparred over the is­sue of the state gov­ern­ment re­port­edly not grant­ing var­i­ous No Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cates (NOCs) for the ₹925-crore All-In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS) project in the dis­trict.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had laid the foun­da­tion stone of the AIIMS on Novem­ber 25, 2016. It in­cludes a 750-bed med­i­cal in­sti­tute with 10 spe­cialty and 11 su­per-spe­cialty de­part­ments. It will have a 100-seat med­i­cal col­lege and 60-seat nurs­ing col­lege.

In a state­ment last week, Har­sim­rat had said it seemed the Congress gov­ern­ment had got jit­tery when the Union health min­istry an­nounced that it would start con­struc­tion in June this year and OPD in Fe­bru­ary 2019. “The Congress felt the SAD-BJP al­liance would get credit if things go as planned. It is a shame that the peo­ple of Malwa are be­ing de­nied ad­vanced med­i­cal care be­cause of petty pol­i­tics,” she had added.

On Satur­day, Man­preet, who had vis­ited the Bathinda (ur­ban) assem­bly seg­ment that he rep­re­sents, told re­porters, “There arises no ques­tion of the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing any hur­dles in the project. The SAD is play­ing pol­i­tics.”

“It is to­tally a Cen­tral gov­ern­ment project, so how can one think that the state gov­ern­ment will not is­sue any NOCs. The state gov­ern­ment will is­sue the re­quired clear­ances, only if the agency ex­e­cut­ing the project ap­plies for these. The ex­e­cut­ing agency also has to pay for the Change of Land Use (CLU) and other charges, if any,” he said, adding that as per his in­for­ma­tion, con­struc­tion work of AIIMS had started.

Later in the evening, Har­sim­rat re­sponded to Man­preet’s state­ment by say­ing that he was mis­lead­ing the Pun­jabis.

“The site is not even be­ing made en­cum­brance-free by shift­ing of wa­ter cour­ses, for­get the grant of en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance or ap­prov­ing CLU and build­ing plans,” she said.

Re­fer­ring to Man­preet’s state­ment im­ply­ing that the nec­es­sary NOCs had not been ap­plied for, she added that union health min­is­ter JP Nadda had writ­ten a let­ter to Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Cap­tain Amarinder Singh on Au­gust 3, de­tail­ing that the ex­e­cut­ing agency for the project had com­pleted all the doc­u­men­ta­tion and sub­mit­ted the same to au­thor­i­ties in Pun­jab for statu­tory ap­proval.

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