People’s committee demands immediate construction of Imphal East district hospital

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 21, 2018: Peace and Development Coordinating Committee (PDCC) formed by villagers of Khundrakpam and Saikul assembly constituencies has cautioned to launch agitations demanding to start construction of Imphal East district hospital immediately.

The villagers today staged a sit-in in front of the Sagolmang community health centre.

The foundation for building the hospital was laid on December 16, 2011 by former chief minister Okram Ibobi.

The villagers complain that the construction of the hospital building has not yet started even if the fencing of the three sides of the hospital complex has been completed.

Last year the villagers met the chief minister on Miyamgi Numit (People’s Day) and complained. Jayantakumar held a meeting with the villagers last July. “He lamented for the seed he had sown has not been watered by anyone when he lost in the last term election”, said Konthoujam Joy, president, PDCC. The chief minister assured to start construction of the hospital very soon, he added.

However when the village development committee went to the medical directorate for enquiry  it was found out that two persons out of four had not signed to hand over the land to the department. The two persons are the wife and mother-in-law of Th. Lokesheore, former Speaker and present MLA of Khundrakpam Assembly constituency, said Joy.

A total of nearly 9 acres of land is assessed for upgrading the hospital from the existing community health centre to a district hospital. For this it requires additional land of 4.35 acres, out of which 3.61 acres belong to the family and relative of the former Speaker.

The villagers urged the two family relatives of the MLA to sign to hand over their lands so as to complete the compensation process.

“If the government fails to act accordingly we will launch intense agitations”, said Joy.

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