SHILLONG | August 11, 2019:
The Meghalaya Government on Saturday has sought financial assistance from the Centre for infrastructural development in various sectors including heath, tourism and sports.
Meghalaya Minister for Health and Family Welfare, A L Hek met DoNER minister, Dr Jitendra Singh in Raj Bhavan on Saturday to discuss matters relating to infrastructure in the state.
Hek also expressed his gratitude to the Union Minister of State for sanction of balance funds for the DAE – Shillong Civil Hospital Cancer Wing which he said is “a tremendous gift and boon to the people of Meghalaya.”
At the same time, the two also discussed some future projects for the welfare of the state. It was highlighted that as per norms of the National Green Tribunal, the state government needs to have a hospital waste management and disposal system with focus on waste segregation and safe disposal especially for biomedical waste. As such, support for a project that shall alleviate the urban waste management problems of the state in general and Shillong in particular was sought.
The Shillong Golf Course is a historical landmark that speaks volumes about the rich history of the state associated with the sport. As the state prepares to host the National Games in 2022 – Hek requested if the Shillong Golf Course could be preserved, protected and nurtured for the National Games.
There was also a discussion on the need for a state of the art Diagnostic Centre in Shillong and Tura. Rs 20 crores has been sanctioned for high end equipment for the state of the art Diagnostic Centre in Shillong under NESIDS scheme of Ministry of DoNER in 2018-19.
The Health Minister also solicited funds for the supporting civil infrastructure for it amounting to an estimated Rs. 6.5 crores. A similar state of the art Diagnostic Centre was proposed for Tura under NESIDS scheme of the current year.
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Other projects discussed were setting up of a botanical garden and children’s park which will enhance the tourism potential of the city of Shillong which would also serve as an added attraction for the upcoming National Games in the state.
A request to Union Minister was specially made for an indoor stadium and swimming pool in Pynthorumkhrah, Shillong which will be the focal point of attention again for the National Games.
Dr Jitendra Singh assured that he would look into the requests made in the letter submitted.