The construction of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda will involve chopping of 3,500 trees in 45 research plots of PAU. The latter is to give 175 acres of land for the establishment of the institute which is to be spread over 180 acres.
The university was running its regional research centre on this land for over 25 years. Apart from trees, crops were also cultivated here for research purposes. Punjab Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal visited the site Wednesday and asked forest officials to remove the trees.
DC Dr Basant Garg said, “The trees in PAU’s research plots are not very old.” PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr B S Dhillon said the varsity had given 166 acres, and the rest would be given soon. He also said the area in question was “less” productive as compared to the new land allotted to them.