Construction works for the Rs.243 crore Tura Medical College under the centrally sponsored scheme will begin immediately after completing all preparatory works and all clearances are obtained.
This was stated by Health and Family Welfare secretary, Pravin Bakshi, on the sidelines of meeting for Rubella-Measles vaccination campaign held on Thursday in the conference hall of Tura Civil Hospital.
A statement issued by the government here on Friday said that Bakshi, who is also the Mission Director of National Health Mission visited Tura on Thursday under the specific instructions of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma to assess the ground realities for the proposed Medical College that would be constructed in part, in the premises of Tura Civil Hospital and in majority at Doldegre, about 6 to 7 km from Tura Civil Hospital.
He held a meeting with West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh and other senior health and medical officers of the district and had threadbare discussions on various issues relating to the proposed Tura Medical College.
He informed that the Tura Civil Hospital itself was proposed to be a reaching college and it is set to be upgraded from present 200 to 300 bedded in due course of time.
“Since a sizeable area of the Tura Civil Hospital were encroached by illegal settlers, a mechanism of voluntary withdrawal of the encroachers in a phase manner was discussed with the support of civil society, offering the alternative housing schemes for most eligible amongst them,” he said.
Various other legal issues and challenges in connection with the medical college were discussed and it was decided to get all matters cleared with the law department and the government.
On the plot at Doldegre where most of the administrative blocks, hostels of the Medical College will be located, it was informed by the district officers that the land is free from all litigations and encumbrances, and works could begin anytime.
Bakshi exuded confidence that with the issuing of work order, all necessary clearances shall be obtained and mobilisation of men, materials and machineries will take place and begin the works.
He also advised the district administration to get a district level consultative and reconciliation committee involving senior citizens, Church leaders and social organizations be activated again to iron out all potential glitches and impediments and ensure smooth execution of the works.
It was also advised that the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) if any, resolve all issues relating to the pattas of the land where the Medical College will be spread out and departments of forests issues environmental clearances and PHE and MePDCL works out modalities required for the supply of drinking water facilities and power supply respectively to the proposed Medical College at Doldegre.