Kalikho Pul: Medical college to be functional from next year

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Itanagar: Chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Kalikho Pul on Monday announced his government’s plan to make the state’s first medical college functional by next year.
At a review meeting of health facilities in the state, Pul asked the department of health and family welfare and the Noida-based executing agency Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation Limited to fasttrack the construction of the 300-bed Tomo Riba State Hospital for establishment of the medical college in the state. He instructed the department to not withhold payment at any stage, certify the completed work immediately and release payment to the executing agency so that work is not halted for want of funds, an official communique informed.
Setting the deadline for completion of construction of the hospital by August 15 with state-of-the-art medical facilities, the CM asked the department to ensure the procurement of equipment is done by the same agency that runs the hospital.
Pul requested chief secretary Shakuntala Gamlin to direct departments in the earmarked area of the medical college to vacate and shift their offices to other locations immediately so the work is not delayed.
He directed the PWD to start the process of tendering and start construction of the 110-metre bailey bridge over Pachin River and complete the bridge within a year so that construction of the medical college at Pachin Colony can be started soon.
He said the road from National Highway 45 to Pachin Colony would be broadened into four lanes. He directed the PWD to start the process of tendering and the widening work must start by September.