Wednesday, August 31, 2011

IIM-Rohtak building stuck on foundation stone

ROHTAK: The proposed construction of newly established IIM, Rohtak, building has got struck in bureaucratic hurdles. After 11 months of the laying of foundation stone of its building, the institute has still not got ownership of land in Garnawathi village of Rohtak district from Haryana government.

Rohtak had got the prestigious management institute after Haryana government promised to provide land even as the institute became functional in June 2010, operating from a hired building on Maharshi Dayanand University campus with a first batch of 50 students.

In October 2010, Union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal had laid the foundation stone of the building in Garnawathi village, with the state government promising to provide around 200 acres for setting up its own building.

According to IIM sources, following the government promise, the institute authorities had gone ahead with the process of inviting expression of interest for construction of building and finalized the building plans.

IIM, Rohtak, director P Rameshan confirmed that they were still waiting for the land ownership papers. Work would start as soon as the papers are handed over, he claimed. "According to my information, the matter (of land transfer) is pending with the Haryana technical education department. We have been following it up regularly and hope to get it done soon," he added. Joint director technical education Manish Jindal said the land was likely to be transferred to the IIM within a month or so.

"There was some problem in demarcation of land for the institute. Some portion has been exchanged with the police department for better building plan at the site. The village panchayat had transferred the land to the technical education department and it would now be registered in favour of the institute," he said.


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