Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said that all medical college projects being executed in the state should be completed within the stipulated time period.
The Chief Minister while reviewing the progress of construction of new medical college buildings in the state said that quality construction should be ensured of these ambitious projects.
He said that executing agencies must not only ensure time bound completion of these projects but also avoid delay as it results in cost escalation.
The Chief Minister also directed the officers of the State Government to remove all the hindrances so that sites for the projects are cleared from all angles. An effective mechanism should also be evolved to constantly monitor progress in these projects by optimum use of information technology.
Proper system of coordination must also be evolved for time bound completion of these projects as they are very prestigious for the State Government, he said.
He also said that on completion of all these medical colleges, the health infrastructure would get a new boost in the state.
At present, the state has six medical colleges in government sector, one in private sector while AIIMS is coming up at Bilaspur and PGIMER Satellite Centre in Una district.
The Chief Minister said that the executing agencies must also ensure that there is no delay in the construction of projects due to petty reasons. Principals of these Medical Colleges must keep close coordination with the executing agencies as well as the contractors.
Dr YS Parmar Government Medical College Nahan is being constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 261 crore. And, the teaching block of the Medical College should be completed by March next year, he said while adding that the new medical college building complex would have state of art facilities.
The Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba is being constructed by NBCC for which the Government of India has released Rs 170.10 crore and State Government has also provided its share of about Rs 18.90 crore.
The total cost of this project is 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.
Dr Radha Krishanan Government Medical College and Hospital at Hamirpur is being constructed by spending Rs 355 crore. The 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.
The Chief Minister said that the academic block would have research and demonstration rooms, labs, faculty rooms, library, lecturer theatres, museum and conference rooms etc. Effective steps have been taken for energy and water conservation etc.
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, he added.
Thakur said that construction of super specialty block of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla near Chamiyana is nearing completion and would have a total bed capacity of over 300. He said that the whole project would be completed within the next four-five months.