SHILLONG, Dec 05: While the opposition Congress is training its guns on the ruling MDA coalition opposing the likely change in location of the proposed Shillong Medical College and Hospital from Jhalupara to Umsawli, the change of space, however seems imminent.
Talking to newsmen, Health and Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek said that the Medical College and Hospital will be built on PPP mode with KPC Medical College in Kolkata and the KPC has in principle decided to shift the location of the proposed medical college and Hospital from TB Hospital in Jhalupara to Umsawli
“We have told the KPC not to worry as we will give them three four acres of land additionally,” Hek said while adding that the KPC in principle has agreed to shift the location with a few conditions and that the government will sort out those conditions.
The Health Minister also informed that there are around 17 acres of land where the TB Hospital was constructed in Umsawli but any move of changing it into a medical college has made it so that a bit more land is needed as per the requirements of the Medical Council of India.
He said that the state Government and KPC will soon sign an understanding agreement after which the construction for the medical college will begin in Umsawli.
On the statement of opposition congress MLA, PT Sawkmie who had threatened to resort to agitation measures if the site is changed, Hek said, “We should be a matured leaders and leaders will not reach anywhere if they are saying things just for the sake of saying things”.
“As a leader we should stand for sorting out things amicably for the betterment of the state,” he added.
Former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma had laid the foundation stone for the state’s first medical college last year which is five years after an MoU was signed in the existing Reid Chest Hospital in Jhalupara.
The initial project cost was Rs 250 crore and now it is likely to increase to Rs 350-400 crore due to the delay.