Pithoragarh. The wait for the medical college in the district is increasing. Although the foundation stone of the medical college has been laid twice, but even after the passage of five years, not a single stone of the medical college has been seen yet. The situation is such that an amount of Rs 76 crore has been given to build the college and the principal has also been posted here for two years, but everything else seems to be in the air.
It is noteworthy that Pithoragarh has been moaning for decades for better health service. After the formation of the base hospital and the foundation stone of the medical college, some hopes were raised. But now they are also seen dying. Even after the construction of the base hospital, it is not able to start, while even after everything is done for the construction of the medical college, not a single brick has been installed. To say, Pithoragarh Medical College has been laid by CM Harish Rawat in 2017 and PM Narendra Modi this year. On the other hand, local MLA Mayukh Mahar alleges that the double engine government may be doing politics regarding this issue, but they are not serious about the construction of the medical college.
It is worth mentioning that a medical college is to be built on about 25 acres of land in Chandak. A total of Rs 455 crore has been approved for this. Out of the sanctioned amount, Rs 76 crore has also been released to the CMO. Not only this, two years ago, the principal of the medical college has also been posted. Yet the result has remained the same so far. According to the department, twice the tender of the medical college has been canceled due to technical reasons. But the third time tender will be approved. Amit Srivastava, director general of Uttarakhand Medical Education, says that only one firm had submitted the tender twice. Due to which the tender had to be cancelled. But now if there is a single firm for the third time then the tender will be considered approved.
The plight of the health system in the mountains is not hidden from anyone. In such a situation, if medical institutions are started in time, then lakhs of people would get direct benefit. Not only this, the migration from the mountains is also curbed to some extent.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 01, 2022, 17:48 IST