Sunday, August 14, 2022

Naga patient house in Vellore to start soon: Ozukum


Minister PWD (housing and mechanical) Tongpang OzukumThursday disclosed that construction of Naga patient house in Vellore (Tamil Nadu) and Meghalaya would start soon.
It may be recalled that Ozukum had called met Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai on February 14, 2022 over allotment of a plot of land in Vellore for construction of Naga patient house.
Speaking at the inauguration of furniture Godown below NPWD office complex, here Thursday, the minister said that the Tamil Nadu government allotted a plot free of cost for setting up Naga patient house in Vellore, adding that a letter has also been received.
Understanding the problems and hardships faced by the patients travelling to Vellore for medical treatment, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio had written a letter to his counterpart on February 1, 2022 seeking allotment of land. As a follow-up up to the letter, Ozukum met Stalin.
On the occasion, the minister also advised the department officials to come up with comprehensive study on construction considering the many incomplete projects under the department.
Asserting that the department was facing a big problem to complete the ongoing projects, Ozukum said the projects were not able to complete for more than 20 years. He said it was time for the department to take a call whether to continue or do away with the projects, which cannot be completed.
The minister asserted the godown project could not take off due to lack of funds even as the work order was issued in 2006. Ozukum said that the project would have been completed by 2007 had the fund been provided in 2006.
However, he acknowledged the contractor for completing the project within a year after the fund was made available. The minister thanked the contractor for dedicated effort in completing the project. He urged the department to make good use of the godown.
He said that taking 20 years to complete a project, which costs Rs.20-30 lakh, was “amazing”.
Ozukum said the department needed to filter which projects to be continued or discontinued.
He pointed out that the issue of maintaining the assets was another problem for the department keeping in mind the poor financial status of the state government.
Further, the minister insisted on exploring avenues for particular projects like CSRs where loans could be made available on conditions.
Giving a technical report, PWD (H) superintending engineer Tiatemsu Ao, said that the old furniture store was constructed in 1959 and the DPR for construction of Furniture Godown was prepared in 2006.
After many revised DPRs, he said in 2021 the DPR was revised to Rs. 177.44 lakh (SOR 2016) with the initiative of the Minister (Works & Housing) and the budget provision 2021-22 was Rs. 20 lakh and dismantling and construction started in June 2021.
Work was completed in May 2022 and the budget provision (2022-23) was Rs.148.94 lakh. The completed RCC Godown G+1 consists of two floors, eight rooms and three toilets, one furniture recording room, workshop, four rooms (SK quarter), SDO room, furniture store room and the total floor area of the building is 6218 sq. ft.
The programme was chaired by NPWD (housing) chief engineer I. Tiameren.


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