Unaffected by the defeat in Maharajganj bypoll,chief minister Nitish Kumar continued his development agenda by laying the foundation
stone for a green building of the proposed Madhepura medical college and hospital (MMCH)on Thursday.
He also announced to set up an engineering college in the region shortly.The green building of the medical college will be constructed
on a 25-acre plot at an estimated cost of R881 crore.
“It will be an earthquake resistant and environment friendly building with large-scale use of solar energy. It has been designed with new techniques that enable construction of earthquake-resistant buildings so that the loss of lives in this earthquake zone is minimal,”Kumar said after laying the foundation stone of the building at Jajhat-Sabaila in Madhepura.Kumar said the proposed college building would be an architectural marvel and a visual treat to people.
“The government will also set up a power sub-station to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the proposed medical college
and hospital, which was the longcherished demand of the people of Madhepura,” he said.
“The state government has already sanctioned the amount required for the construction of the college and hospital and sanctioned the posts of professors and para-medical staff. They will be appointed by the state government. The academic activity is expected to start in 2014 after the approval of the Medical Council of India,” he said.
The JD(U) president and Madhepura MP, Sharad Yadav said it was a momentous day for Kosi region as well as the entire state. “It will not only cater to the medical needs of the people of this region but also prevent them from going out for treatment to big cities,” Yadav said.
Health minister Ashwini Choubey said the medical college and hospital would prove to be a boon for the entire region.
“Every year 100 students will be admitted for MBBS courses in the college. The college will have a 550-bed hostel for students
and a 650-seat air-conditioned auditorium. The 500-bed hospital will have 50 beds in each ward, 42-bed intensive care unit
and nine operation theatres with all modern health care facilities,” Choubey said.
With the laying of the foundation stone, the seven-year long wait of people finally came to an end. The chief minister had announced to set up a
medical college in 2006.
Kumar later visited the Bhelwa panchayat developed as model panchayat in the district
and participated in the proceedings of the gram sabha.He also inaugurated a R58-crore power grid sub-station
at Rupauli under Singheshwar block and laid the foundation stone of R280-crore renovation work of Shivganga pond on the
Singheshar Temple premises.
In all, he laid foundation stones and inaugurated over 300 developmental schemes worth over R1,100 crore.