Bhubaneswar, April 2: On the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a high-level team led by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Friday visited Kandhamal to review the progress of construction of the Medical College and Hospital in Phulbani. The project has been taken up at a cost of Rs 450 crore and is expected to be completed within 30 months.
Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) VK Pandian and Works Secretary Dr Krishan Kumar also visited the site.
In December 2020, the State Cabinet had approved the proposal to set up a medical college in Phulbani. The proposed medical college at Phulbani will have 100 seats and hospital with 500 beds. The project has been taken up at a cost of Rs 450 crore and is expected to be completed within 30 months.
The campus will have facilities for 300 seated boys’ hostel, 150 seated girls’ hostel, 650 capacity auditorium, 100 seated Resident doctors’ hostel, quarter for doctors and staff.
The Chief Secretary directed the district administration to provide all support especially the availability of construction material for timely completion of the project.
Secretary (5T) Pandian suggested facilities for the attendants of the patients like accommodation and food facilities. He further suggested that doctors and staff staying in the campus should have proper ecosystem for working and residential facilities for the families including recreational and sports activities. The traffic flows should be planned properly including the auto and taxi stands and alternative alignment for NH in front of the site to avoid accidents.
The team, thereafter, visited the AJO Government High School and Government Girls’ High School, Phulbani. Both the schools have been selected under the High School Transformative initiative as part of ‘Mo School’ campaign.
The Chief Secretary and 5T Secretary interacted with the teachers, alumni, school management committee and students. Based on their feedback, it was decided to take up various school development activities like smart classroom, library, infrastructure development, sports facilities etc.
The district Collector and SP briefed about various issues of the district. In view of the Covid situation, the district administration was directed to be alert and enforce strictly the Covid precautions protocol.