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Gov dissatisfied at slow work pace of NMC

Gov dissatisfied at slow work pace of NMC
Acharya interacting with H&FW officials at the medical college site.
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/25/2019 11:51:07 AM IST

Expressing his dissatisfaction over the slow pace in constructing the upcoming Nagaland Medical College (NMC) at Phriebagei, Kohima, Governor P.B. Acharya asked the department concerned and consultants to submit monthly report to chief minister Neiphiu Rio and mark a copy to him on the progress of work. 

He said this during his visit to the construction site on Tuesday. The governor, who was accompanied by Health & Family Welfare minister Pangnyu Phom, interacted with health department officials, engineers, contractors and project management consultant (PMC) IQVIA representatives. 

Expressing deep concern on the overall progress, Acharya said by now outcome of the construction should have been visible. Stating that the work progress was not as per expectation, he asked the firms involved to expedite the work. Citing instances of many government buildings in the State that had remained idle or incomplete, Acharya claimed that the Centre had given, but regretted that Naga people did not use these in proper way and hence the State was lagging far behind others. 

He appealed to the officials present to change their mindset and deliver goods, while reminding of the cost escalation, if construction was not done on time. When the officials informed him that there was a need for more land for development purposes, Acharya insisted that development of the campus must be completed first with the sanctioned fun. 

Commenting that “Nagas people are greedy and will not give land for development”, he insisted that the 50.25 acres of land must be utilised first, else the entire project would be hindered.  Being in his last year as governor, Acharya also remarked how he longed to see resolution of the protracted Naga political issue and how he wanted to ensure that things got done in time. 

On his part, Pangnyu Phom urged the contractors, engineers and consultants to give full effort to complete the work within a targeted timeframe, adding that, if additional funds were required, the same could be put forth before the governor and chief minister. 

IQVIA’s Amit Saini and Lilly Ezung also briefed the governor and minister on the status of construction work and the challenges faced by the consultant. 

Later, the minister and department officials toured the ongoing work of the campus and interacted with the contractors.

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