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Medical college panel to move govt for land

Dhubri, Aug. 18: The Dhubri Medical College Demand Committee at a meeting held in Rotary Club hall last night resolved to move the state government to expedite the process of acquiring land for a medical college and start construction soon.

The committee demanded that the state government release Rs 4.93 crore required for acquiring land as estimated.

Partho Pratim Ghose, a member of the demand committee, said the panel had resolved to move the state government to expedite the process of land acquirement as there are 47 bighas available in the existing Dhubri civil hospital complex. The rest of the land has to be acquired by the government.

“We need 75 bighas for the medical college according to the guidelines of the Medical Council of India out of which 47 bighas are available in Dhubri civil hospital while the rest has to be purchased,” Ghose said.

Talking to this correspondent, convener of the demand committee, Abdul Warish, said the Dhubri deputy commissioner had sent a detailed proposal — for acquiring land for the medical college with an estimated fund requirement of Rs 4.93 crore — to the state government in July 31.

“Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita has given us a copy of the proposal. We will have to pursue the government at different levels to get the funds released at the earliest,” Warish said.

A copy of the proposal and resolution of the meeting were faxed to legislator Jahan Uddin to get in touch with authorities concerned at Dispur and pursue the releasing of the funds.

A source in the health department said earlier Rs 3.6 crore was sanctioned by the deputy secretary , health and family welfare, in December last year to purchase land, but the funds were not released because the Dhubri district administration had not submitted any proposal to acquire land.

Former health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had laid the foundation of the medical college on March 1, 2011, but the project has been kept on hold because of paucity of land.