Jorhat, Oct. 6: Jorhat BJP legislator Hitendra Nath Goswami has welcomed a proposal by a group of businessmen to set up a rest house for attendants of patients on Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) campus.
Goswami was speaking at a function organised on the occasion of opening a pay-and-use public toilet with drinking water facility here.
The public toilet has been constructed at a cost of Rs 18 lakh - on a government plot selected by the district administration at PWD Point here - by the Janaki Devi Agarwalla Charitable Trust in memory of Bishanlal Agarwalla, a businessman who was known as the "green man of Jorhat".
Bishanlal planted over 5,000 saplings across the town to keep Jorhat green. The trust, run by his family members, will run the project and bear the cost of maintenance.
Goswami, while paying tribute to Agarwalla for his endeavour, appreciated the efforts of the trust run by his family for undertaking various social work and contributing towards keeping Jorhat clean.
Stating that the toilets are very much necessary to keep the place clean especially for women, Goswami said more such projects will be undertaken in which the business community could contribute to making Jorhat clean and garbage free.
He urged the business community to come forward to be a partner in all-round development of Jorhat as they had participated in other parts of the country.
"Last month during my tour to several cities and towns in Rajasthan, I saw the business community's active role in various development work," Goswami said.
The legislator said recently, a group of local businessmen under the banner of Marwari Sewa Samity came up with a proposal to construct a rest house on the JMCH campus if the government selects a plot of land and grants permission.
Goswami said the proposed rest house will provide accommodation to attendants of patients at a nominal charge.
"It is a good proposal which will serve common people. I have asked the group to submit a formal proposal to me as I am the chairman of the managing committee of the JMCH. I have assured them to take forward the proposal to the government and get the approval at the earliest," the four-time MLA, who was a minister in the second AGP government, said.
Noted businessman and a well-known numismatist of the Northeast, O.P. Gattani, who is a member of the group of businessmen that approached Goswami with the proposal, said "very soon" a detailed proposal will be given to the MLA.
He said more than Rs 2 crore will be required for the project according to a rough estimate prepared by the group.