Tura: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma laid the foundation fo the construction of 100 seated Tura Medical College here in West Garo Hills.
Tura Medical College with 100 seats will be constructed on a land measuring 100 acres at Doldegre, 8 km from Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills.
The project worth over 180 crores will include construction of the college at Doldegre and upgradation of Tura Civil Hospital, which according to the Chief Minister would be act as a “teaching hospital”.
“We are achieving the much-needed institution that will bring a complete change in the delivery of healthcare system in the state. The medical college can now address the challenge of providing space for aspiring young medical professionals and at the same time provide access to better health care facilities for the people,” Sangma said.
By having a medical college in the region, he said the people can now address the challenge of providing space for aspiring young medical professionals and at the same time provide access to better health care facilities for the people.
Highlighting on the hurdles that led to the delay in starting the project after getting the sanction, the Chief Minister also voiced his concern over the problem of land acquisition for various developmental projects which he said has led the State government to adopt a new policy whereby the government reciprocates to the community who donate land by way of giving jobs.
Sangma said the project was delayed for nearly five years as the earlier site located under Jewilgre and Balalgre A’king near Damalgre, was not approved by the Empowered Committee because as per the new guidelines of the Medical Council of India, a medical college should not be located more than 10 km away from the hospital.