SHILLONG: As per norms of the National Green Tribunal, the State government needs to have a hospital waste management and disposal system with focus on waste segregation and safe disposal, especially for biomedical waste. As such, Meghalaya Minister for Health and Family Welfare AL Hek sought support from the Centre for a project that shall alleviate the urban waste management problems of the State in general and Shillong in particular.
Minister Hek also placed several other proposals relating to infrastructure in the State before Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Dr Jitendra Singh at a meeting between the two at the Raj Bhawan here on Saturday. Hek also thanked the Union Minister of State for his support to the Government of Meghalaya for various projects that are in various stages of implementation in the State. Hek also expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of DoNER and Personnel, Department of Atomic Energy and Prime Minister’s Office in this regard.
Pointing to the sanction of balance funds for the DAE-Shillong Civil Hospital Cancer wing, Hek said, “It is a tremendous gift and boon to the people of Meghalaya”.
The Shillong Golf Course is a historic landmark that speaks volumes about the rich history of the State associated with the sport. As the State prepares to host the National Games in 2022, Hek requested if the Shillong Golf Course could be preserved, protected and nurtured for the National Games.
There was also a discussion on the need for a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Centre each in Shillong and Tura. An amount of Rs 20 crore has been sanctioned for high-end equipment for the state-of-the-art Diagnostic Centre in Shillong under the NESIDS scheme of the Ministry of DoNER in 2018-19.
Hek also solicited funds for supporting the civil infrastructure for it amounting to an estimated Rs. 6.5 crore. A similar modern Diagnostic Centre was proposed for Tura under the NESIDS scheme in the current year.
Other projects discussed were setting up of a botanical garden and children’s park which will enhance the tourism potential of the city of Shillong, besides serving as an added attraction for the upcoming National Games in the State.
A request to Union Minister was specially made for an indoor stadium and swimming pool in Pynthorumkhrah, Shillong which will be the focal point of attention again for the National Games.
Dr Jitendra Singh assured that he would look into the requests made.