Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Thursday issued directions for immediately setting up the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Chak Bhalwal, within the campus of Government College of Engineering & Technology (CGET), till a suitable chunk of land is acquired for permanent establishment of the institute of higher excellence at Jammu.
This will pave way for immediately commencing classes for IIT in current academic session from July-August this year, an official statement said this evening.
Sayeed issued these directions during a marathon tour of various parts of Jammu city and its suburbs, including GCET at Chak Bhalwal, to take a first-hand review of the ongoing developmental projects of Jammu city.
Describing the sanction by the Union Government for establishment of IIT at Jammu as a matter of honour and shot in the arm for higher education sector, Sayeed formed a Group of Ministers which will identify a suitable chunk of land for permanently establishing the IIT.
“There are certain proposals presently under the active consideration of the Government. A decision in immediate future will be taken to fulfil the commitment before the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to set up IIT at Jammu,” he said and added that GCET will be shifted to a suitable alternate place for the time being so that it continues to function smoothly without any hassles.
Later, during his visit to Panjtirthi, the Chief Minister was briefed about the concept of multi-level puzzle parking to decongest the city. Commissioner JMC informed the Chief Minister that the multi-tier parking will ease traffic movement in old city to a great extent, the statement said.
The Chief Minister granted on-spot approval for Rs 20 crore so that the work on the project starts immediately. The parking slot will be constructed over 10 kanals of land over a period of 12 months and will have a capacity to hold 360 vehicles.
During his visit to Jammu bus-stand, the VC JDA presented a blueprint of the proposed multi-tier parking which will be constructed over 55.37 kanals of land. The slot will allow parking of 1300 cars at one go.