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By Our Reporter
 
April 22, 2018
Health and Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek said that the Government will immediately take up the construction of the Tura Medical College.
“We understand there are some issues concerning the project. But we have decided to start the project immediately,” Hek told reporters after reviewing the status of the project at his residence with officials of the Health and Family Welfare department today.
Informing that there is a contractor who has quoted a slightly higher amount than projected cost finalized for the project, Health Minister said that they have forwarded the matter to the Finance department for approval.
Divulging the details, he said that the contractor has quoted around Rs 8 to Rs 9 crore more adding that the Government would not want to put the project on hold just for this amount.
It may be mentioned that the Rs 189-crore Tura Medical College with 100 seats will come up on 100 acres in Doldegre, 8 km from Tura  and the Centre last year sanctioned Rs 51 crore to start the project.
On the Shillong Medical College,  Hek said that the Government has signed the agreement with Kolkata based KPC Medical College. According to Hek, the construction of the medical college in Reid Chest Hospital in Jhalupara would begin after the patients are shifted to new TB hospital at Umsawli which is yet to be fully completed.
“ I am going to take a review shortly as to why the new TB hospital at Umsawli  is being delayed,” Hek said.
Last year, former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had laid the foundation stone for the  500  bedded Shillong medical college to be set up on a PPP mode and initially the student intake of 100 will be taken up of which 40 per cent will be reserved for students from Meghalaya.

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