7 yrs on, Ferozepur PGI satellite centre yet to see light of the day - ECAS Punjab

7 yrs on, Ferozepur PGI satellite centre yet to see light of the day

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Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur, September 21

It has been seven years since the ambitious project of a PGI satellite centre was approved for the border region. However, after inordinate delay on one pretext or the other, the much-needed healthcare centre is still staring at further delays as more controversies continue to emerge.

Till date, umpteen assurances from the political dispensation representing the area seem to have fallen flat and the residents are bearing the brunt as they have to travel long distances to meet their healthcare needs.

Now, in a fresh controversy, residents of Bajidpur village, who had provided additional 100 kanals for the project, have filed a civil writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the transfer of land for setting up the centre.

Balwinder Kumar, sarpanch of Bazidpur village, said as per Rule 13 (C) of the Punjab Village Common Land (Regulation) Act, 1964, the Deputy Commissioner did not have the power to transfer the ownership of land of the gram panchayat. "Besides, as per the provision of the Transfer of Property Act, a gift can be complete only when it is accompanied by delivery of possession of the property," he said. Raising doubts over the way the land was transferred to set up the centre, the sarpanch said no notice was sent to the gram panchayat regarding it. "On July 7 this year, officials from the Horticulture Department tried to take possession of the land forcibly. However, they could not succeed," Balwinder added.

Previously, the villagers had agreed to provide the Panchayat land by "way of gift", desiring 15 per cent job quota for the village youth and 10 per cent reservation in admissions in the courses to be run at the proposed medical college of the centre. The villagers, in a resolution passed on April 16, 2017, had also desired that the government give a special grant to the village for development in lieu of the land.

A similar resolution was passed by the gram panchayat of Malwal Qadim village, which had also reportedly provided 100 kanals for the project.

Earlier, in January this year, a team had taken the physical possession of over 27 acres on the Ferozepur-Moga road to set up the centre, of which 25 acres belonged to the Horticulture Department.

However, the Ministry had sought more land, including the contiguous piece belonging to the Fisheries Department to meet the requirements.


Tenders to be floated in October: MLA

Claiming there would be no further delay in the project, Congress MLA Parminder Singh Pinki said the request for a proposal for the construction of the PGI satellite centre had been issued and tenders would be opened in the first week of October. He said the estimated cost of the project was Rs 220 crore.


Ffresh row over transfer of land

In a fresh controversy, residents of Bajidpur village, who had provided additional 100 kanals for the project, have filed a civil writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the transfer of land for setting up the centre.



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