Dhubri, Jan 9: It’s raining funds for Dhubri district.
While the state government sanctioned Rs 3.6 crore to purchase land for a medical college and hospital in the district, the Centre earlier released Rs 38 crore for the construction of a terminus at the international river port in the town.
An official source today said the deputy secretary to the government of Assam, health and family welfare, Mallika Medhi, informed about the sanction of funds vide letter dated December 30.
Talking to The Telegraph, Dhubri legislator Jahan Uddin, who brought the sanctioning letter from the state health and family welfare department, said Rs 3.6 crore was released to Dhubri district administration to acquire land for the medical college.
Expressing satisfaction over the sanctioning of the funds for the land, the convener of Dhubri Medical College and Hospital Demand Committee, Abdul Warish, said the first stumbling block for the medical college had been overcome.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi laid the foundation stone of the medical college in February 2011.
“The medical college will be built on a 74-bigha plot (approximately). The Dhubri Civil Hospital, which has 46 bighas of land, will need around 28 bighas more. The district administration will use the funds to purchase a plot of land behind the civil hospital,” Warish said.
“Apart from this, Rs 38 crore was released by the Centre to build a terminus at Dhubri International River Port, which is under construction at Free India Ghat of the town,” said Tazmul Haque, one of the conveners of Dhubri River Port Demand Committee.
Haque said this was the result of the tireless efforts by the committee and the people of Dhubri and Cooch Behar district of Bengal.
“Under the leadership of late Chandi Paul, who was one of the conveners of the river port demand committee, Dispur and Delhi had to concede to the demand to revive the river port at Dhubri, which was closed in 1965,” he said.