Dhubri, Sept. 9: The Dhubri Medical College Demand Committee has resolved to move the government to expedite the process of acquiring land for the college and start work on its construction soon.
In a meeting of the committee held at Open Air Theatre Complex at Srimanta Sankardev Shishu Udyan last night, a cross section of citizens and politicians, irrespective of party affiliation, expressed resentment over the delay in starting work on the college.
Partho Pratim Ghose, a social worker and member of the committee, told the gathering that health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had laid the foundation of the college on March 1, 2011 but the project has been kept on hold because of paucity of land.
“We will have to move the Union and state governments to expedite the process of acquiring land as there are 47 bighas available in the existing Dhubri civil hospital complex and the rest of the land has to be acquired by the government,” he added.
Committee president Abdul Warish said complexity over the land arose following cancellation of the earlier proposal sent by Dhubri district land and revenue department.
“Altogether 75 bighas are required according to norms set by the Indian Medical Council (IMC). The proposal sent earlier mentioned that the land of Dhubri Chest Hospital and Dhubri Joint-Director of Health Services (old Dhubri civil hospital) was available. But the proposal was not approved as land was available in three different places,” Warish said.
He said the IMC would approve the project if the available land is in two places, within a distance of 1km.
After the project was refused on the ground of non-availability of land, many landowners approached the committee, offering their land near Dhubri civil hospital for Dhubri Medical College.
Speaking at the meeting, president of Pachhim Asom Jagaram Mancha Enamul Haque said pressure would be mounted on the government to start construction soon.
Cutting across party line, AIUDF legislator Jahan Uddin, the AGP’s Dhubri district president Amal Kumar Saha, the BJP’s Dhubri district president Dipak Kumar Saha and CPM Dhubri district secretary Tripath Nath Chakraborty unanimously pledged to extend all co-operation to get the dream project completed.
The committee said a delegation would first meet Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita to know the official status of the project and then meet chief minister Tarun Gogoi, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and finally Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.