CM directs to complete medical college projects within stipulated time period

SHIMLA -13th January, 2021-All the Medical College projects being executed in the State should be completed within the stipulated time period besides ensuring quality construction of these ambitious projects. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while reviewing the progress of construction of new medical colleges buildings in the State, here today.

Chief Minister said that executing agencies must not only ensure time bound completion of these projects but also avoid delay as it results in cost escalation. He also directed the officers of the State Government to remove all the hindrances so that sites for the projects were cleared from all angles. He said that an effective mechanism should also be evolved to constantly monitor progress in these projects by optimum use of information technology.

Jai Ram Thakur said that proper system of coordination must also be evolved for timebound completion of these projects as they were very prestigious for the State Government. He said that on completion of all these medical colleges, the health infrastructure would get new boost in the State. He said that presently the State has six medical colleges in government sector, one in private sector, AIIMS was coming up at Bilaspur and PGI Satellite Centre in Una district.

Chief Minister said that the executing agencies must also ensure that there was no delay in the construction of projects due to petty reasons. He said that Principals of these Medical Colleges must keep close coordination with the executing agencies as well as the contractors. He said that Dr. Y.S. Parmar Government Medical College Nahan was being constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 261 crore. He said that teaching block of the Medical College should be completed by March next year. He said that the new medical college building complex would have State of Art facilities.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba was being constructed by NBCC for which Government of India has released 170.10 crore and State Government had also provided its share of about Rs. 18.90 crore. He said that the total cost of this project was Rs. 290 crore and in first phase 200 bedded hospital, boys and girls hostels, residential complexes etc. would be constructed whereas in 2nd and 3rd phase administrative block cum doctors hostels, MS and Dean residences, Sarai Bhawan and Auditorium etc. would be completed.

Chief Minister said that Dr. Radha Krishanan Government Medical College and Hospital at Hamirpur was being constructed by spending Rs. 355 crore. He said that hospital building would house wards for 245 patients, ICUs, and HDUs, seven Modular Operation Theatres, Labs, blood bank, CT Scan, MRI, Ultra sound, X-rays, seminar room cafeteria and other State of Art facilities. He said that the academic block would have research and demonstration rooms, labs, faculty rooms, library, lecturer theatres, museum and conference rooms etc. He said that effective steps have been taken for energy and water conservation etc. He said that all these three medical colleges complexes would have automated waste and laundry tube system, automated material transport system, nurse call system, fire and life safety measures and smart IP phones facilities etc.

Jai Ram Thakur said that construction of super specialty block of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla near Chamiyana was nearing completion and would have a total bed capacity of over 300. He said that the whole project would be completed within next four-five months. He directed the Public Works Department to immediately take up the issue of widening of link road leading to the Super Specialty Block.

Chief Minister also reviewed the progress in construction of new OPD of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla which would be completed by 31st March this year.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi said that the executing agencies must give a comprehensive plan of progress in the projects so that the same could be reviewed constantly. He said that an App could also be developed to review the progress of the works. He also felt the need for expediting the work on all the major projects so that they could meet the deadline.

Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi welcomed the Chief Minister and assured him that the department would work with more dedication and commitment to come up to the expectations of the government.

All the executing agencies of these projects gave presentations on the occasion.

Director Medical Education Dr. Ravi Sharma, Principals of Medical Colleges and other senior officers attended the meeting.

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Press statement of Urban Development and TCP Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Industries and Transport Minister Bikram Singh and Forest Minister Rakesh Pathania issued at Shimla on 13th January, 2021.

Shimla,13.01.21-Urban Development and TCP Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Industries and Transport Minister Bikram Singh and Forest Minister Rakesh Pathania have hailed the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for upholding the orders of National Green Tribunal issued in 2016 for demolition of Hotel cum Restaurant constructed on forest land at Mcleodganj in Dharamshala of Kangra district.

The Ministers said that the decision has yet again exposed the misdeeds and illegal practices committed during the tenure of the previous government. They said that the hotel was constructed by a private investor in connivance with the then senior Congress leaders. They said that all the norms were flouted and illegal construction was made under political patronage. They said that, the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the basis of Civil Appeal, has appointed District and Session Judge Kangra as Inquiry Officer on 9th September, 2016 to look into the irregularities of the construction of Bus Stand as well as Hotel and the Restaurant. They said that Inquiry Officer submitted the report to Hon’ble Supreme Court in the year 2018. They said that it was found that neither the map was approved from the Town and Country Planning Department nor clearance was sought under Forest Conservation Act. They said that changes of land use were made without seeking permission from the competent authority. They said that hotel was constructed in a place where bus stand was to be built.

Suresh Bhardwaj, Bikram Singh and Rakesh Pathania said that National Green Tribunal in its order in 2016 has asked the defaulter to raze the illegal structure. They said that for this Committee was constituted which found several irregularities in construction of the hotel. They said that the defaulter company had full patronage of the then Congress Government and flouted all norms. They said that despite orders of the NGT the then Congress Government neither demolished the illegal structure nor took any action against the guilty. They said that instead of taking action against the defaulters, the then Congress Government went against the decision of NGT before the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

The Ministers said that this was a glaring example of corruption, nepotism and favouritism, which was at its peak during the tenure of the previous Congress Government and rules and regulations were kept aside to appease their favourites.

They said that State Government under dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was committed to provide transparent, corruption free and responsive administration to the people of the State by adopting policy of zero tolerance against corruption and appropriate action would be taken against the defaulters, howsoever, influential he may be.