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'Start medical colleges with existing infrastructures'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

A Correspondent

Shillong, March 24: Opposition Leader Dr Donkupar Roy today suggested setting up of medical colleges in the State with the available infrastructures.

Dr Roy was reacting to the reply of State Health Minister, AL Hek during the Question Hour today.

“It is a long way for the state to have its own medical college,” Dr Roy said and questioned the government if it had a shortcut through which a medical college could be set up.

“There is no shortcut, we have to follow procedures,” Hek told the house.

Dr Roy said that the facilities in Ganesh Das hospital, Shillong Civil hospital and Tura Civil hospital can be used to start a medical college.

“If the State government really wants to have a medical college in the state, it can utilise the available hospitals,” the Opposition Leader said.

According to Dr Roy, it was not necessary that the college building and hospital should be situated in the same building. Earlier, replying to the main question, Hek informed the house that the Letter of Award to the KPC Medical College and Hospital, Jadavpur was issued on October 19, 2012 and the Concessioires Agreement was signed on November 2, 2012 for development of a hospital and medical college under PPP arrangement at the site where the Reid Provincial Chest Hospital, Shillong is presently located.

The Health Minister also informed that the land at Reid Provincial Chest Hospital, Shillong could not be handed over to the above party since the hospital is yet to be shifted to the new location at Umsawli, Mawdiangdiang.

“The process for construction of the new TB hospital is going on at Umsawli, Mawdiangdiang,” Hek said.

The Health Minister also informed the house that the construction of the TB hospital would take three years to complete.

Meanwhile, the land for construction of medical college at Tura has been acquired at Balalgre A’King and Jewilgre. A Letter of Award of the work was issued to the Telecommunications Consultant India Limited (TCIL) so that they can make arrangement for signing of MoU for DPR preparation and Project Magement services for setting of the medical college and hospital in Tura was signed with TCIL, on December 12, 2014.

Hek also informed that the TCIL team has started doing the preparatory activities relating to the preparation of the DPR.

Hek also informed that around Rs 3.41 crore as compensation was paid to two Nokmas for the acquired land.

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