Khattar ends speculation, says Karnal medical college to start from 2016-17
By announcing that the upcoming Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) here would start making admissions from the 2016-17 academic session, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has put an end to the controversy stirred by the state health minister's recent comment on the validity of the healthcare facility.punjab Updated: Dec 22, 2014 19:51 IST
By announcing that the upcoming Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) here would start making admissions from the 2016-17 academic session, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has put an end to the controversy stirred by the state health minister's recent comment on the validity of the healthcare facility.
During his visit to Karnal on December 15, health minister Anil Vij had claimed that none in his ministry was aware that the KCGMC was being constructed by the state government.
Vij had stated that he had come to inspect a civil hospital in Karnal but there was total confusion on the actual status of this medical establishment.
"While the KCGMC management claims that it has roped in staff from the civil hospital, the same civil hospital is non-existent in the district. It is also not a college as classes are not held here," Vij had told the media.
As per the official records, the state government has spent `142 crore on the medical college.
However, Khattar who was in Karnal on Sunday to attend official functions had categorically stated that the KCGMC would be completed in a time-bound manner.
"It is an important project not only for Karnal but for the adjoining districts as well. However, it was always felt that the medical college should have been at a place with large coverage area. As the state government has planned to establish Kalpana Chawla Medical University at Kutail village in the district on 100-acre land, it would not affect the prospects of the upcoming medical college in Karnal city," the CM said.
As the KCGMC is being developed on public land of the civil hospital and other departments, which have been transferred for the college, the district has no independent general hospital.
There was a plan to establish a general hospital on 10-acre land in the city but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has made changes in the project.
On Sunday, Khattar said the KCGMC, which has all facilities needed at a district hospital, would continue to cater to medical requirements of people.
"Once the medical university will be in place, the KCGMC will be shifted to the sprawling campus of the university at Kutail village. It has been planned that the infrastructure of the upcoming KCGMC will be later utilised for the state-of-the-art civil hospital, which may have a nursing training institute and other academic or training programmes associated with the medical profession," the CM said while reiterating that the public money would be spent judiciously.
Govt mulls cancellation of construction firm's contract
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said the state government was firm to oust construction firm Supreme Infrastructure (SI) from the KCGMC project.
The college authorities have assessed the work of Mumbai-based SI to be "far from satisfactory" and at a standstill for more than four months.
SI's `137-crore project is to construct a seven-floor teaching block, an eight-storey hostel and a 10-level residential complex for teachers.
"The slow pace of work due to the said construction firm is troubling the project and we will soon rope in a new firm to complete the project in a time-bound manner. It has been decided that the KCGMC will start admission from 2016 and it will not be delayed at any cost," said the CM.