Dehradun, August 24
As the first Ayush Gram of the state at Bhawali that has been awarded to Emami Pvt Ltd continues to be embroiled in a public interest litigation (PIL), the Uttarakhand Ayush Department is now focusing its attention on the Ayush Gram at Charek Danda (Pauri).
In the erstwhile BJP regime, the Ayush Gram at Bhawali, to be built on the public-private partnership, was awarded to Emami Pvt Ltd. With the former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal pushing the project, it was expected to take off in 2011 but a PIL and problem in constructing the road had put speed breaks on the setting up of the first Ayush Gram.
Since the concept of Ayush Grams was conceptualised, the Ayurvedic Department has nothing to show on ground as most of the projects conceptualised in Pauri, Champawat and Pithoragarh districts fell through due to the non-availability of land.
Now with Health Minister Surinder Singh Negi evincing interest in the Ayush Gram at Charek Danda in Kotdwar and happens to be the minister’s constituency, the Ayush Grams have now got a new lease of life.
“As almost all our projects fell through due to non-availability and objections by the Forest Department, the District Magistrate has been instructed to look for suitable land in Kotdwar where the Ayush Gram and Charak Research Institute, dedicated to Mahirishi Charak, could be set up,” said Dr Pooja Bhardwaj, Director General, Ayush.
Last year, the Ayush Department had allocated Rs 60 lakh for the establishment of the institute in the budget but the amount was not utilised.
The BJP government had proposed the first Ayush Gram at Bhawali, second at Chaurasi Kutiya in Pauri, the third at Charek Danda in Kotdwar. Besides, Ayush Grams will also be set up at Koli Dek (Lohaghat), Chandak (Pithoragarh), Mankot (Garud), Bansorha (Almora), Rawara (Uttarkashi), Auli (Chamoli) and Koti (Tehri) in the district. The Ayush Grams with panchkarma centres, ayurvedic and homoeopathy hospitals were conceptualised to promote ayurvedic tourism in the state but problems pertaining to land have pushed these projects on the back burner.

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