Churachandpur medical college expected to begin academic session this year: health minister

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Imphal: Health and family welfare minister Dr Sapam Ranjan has told the Manipur Legislative Assembly that the academic session of the Medical College Churachandpur is expected to start this year.

​On the 4th day of the ongoing second session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly, replying to a question raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram, Ranjan said, the academic session of the first ever medical college in the hill areas of Manipur will commence once the Letter of Permission (LOP) is given by National Medical Commission (NMC).

He said application for LOP is at the processing stage and once the approval is given, academic session will be started. The construction works of required infrastructures have almost been completed and installations of equipments are in progress.

“Recruitment of professors may be completed latest by August this year,” he said.

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​Replying to another question raised by MKA L.M. Khaute, Ranjan said, Rs15 lakh have been sanctioned for the construction of Multi-Drug Resistant TB Centre at Churachandpur District Hospital. The work is in progress and may be completed within a short period.

Water resource, sewerage project works

​Public health engineering minister L. Sushindro has informed the House that steps had been taken up to ease the water scarcity in Ukhrul town. Replying to a question raised by MLA Ram Muivah, the minister said, to ease the scarcity of water during lean season, the Ukhrul PHE division has engaged water tankers to supply water to the public as well as government buildings, hospitals and schools. As long term measures, installation of hand pumps at 38 locations and pumping arrangement have been included in the ongoing water supply project at Ukhrul district headquarters under New Development Bank funding.

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Replying to another question raised by MLA Kh. Joykisan Singh, the minister said, Phase II of Imphal Sewerage Project will benefit people as the work of the phase will be completed within two years. Regretting inconveniences faced by the people, he said, tender process of five packages under the phase has been started and the work will be completed within the stipulated time.

​Water resources minister Awangbow Newmai has assured the House that construction works of the left and right canal of Dolai Thabi Project will be completed by December this year.

Replying to a question raised by MLA Th. Lokeshwar Singh, he said problems pertaining to the works will be solved shortly. He said compensation to 203 pattadars has been distributed and remaining compensation of 39 pattadars has also been deposited to deputy commissioner, Imphal East. Replying to another question raised by MLA L.M. Khaute, the minister said, the department is planning to provide tapping point from Khuga Dam to augment supply of drinking water in Churachandpur/Lamka and its surroundings.

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State highway maintenance

​Works minister Govindas Konthoujam replying to a question raised by Kh. Joykisan Singh said the total length of the state highways in Manipur is 552.82 km and within this length, 163.10 km need to be renovated/blacktopped at present. Replying to another question raised by Ram Muivah, the minister said, construction works of Imphal-Ukhrul (NH-202) will be completed by June 2023. He said the compensation to the affected families due to widening of the road especially in Litan Sareikhong sector are yet to be distributed.

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