Student enrolment at Rudrapur medical college to get delayed by 2 years | Dehradun News

RUDRAPUR: Enrolment of MBBS students at Government Medical College in US Nagar’s Rudrapur will get delayed by two more years as construction of hostels and other administrative buildings is progressing at a snail’s pace, officials in know of the development said on Thursday.
The first MBBS batch at the college, named after freedom fighter Pandit Ram Sumer Shukla, was to start from this year.
The then ND Tiwari government had announced construction of the medical college in 2005 and the Central government had allocated Rs 336 crore for the project.
As the college, under construction for the past 17 years, is bereft of proper infrastructure, authorities fear that the first MBBS batch will not start before 2024.
Aggrieved over delay in construction of the buildings, college principal Dr Kedar Shahi said: “The pace at which the earlier designated company worked and the way things are going it is not possible to start the first batch even in 2024. We are communicating with higher authorities to start the construction work at the earliest and not defer its opening further.”
Dr Shahi, however, added that the college’s hospital was functioning.
AK Joshi, project director of Uttarakhand Peyjal Nigam, said the construction for all the blocks will be initiated soon. “The documentation process of transferring papers from EPL is taking time and as soon as it is done, we will continue with the work,” he said.
The medical college launched its outpatient department (OPD) on October 11.
Spread on 10 acres of land, the under-construction site near the regional transport office was in a dispute last month after the construction agency allegedly removed iron rods used for raising pillars here. The concerned persons then said they had not been paid by authorities for works done and they had decided to withdraw.
Authorities removed the execution agency, Engineering Project Limited (EPL), and named Uttarakhand Peyjal Sansthan to expedite the process. But even after one month, the work has not begun. In his last visit to the college this year, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami showed his resentment over the slow pace of the construction work and directed officials to accelerate the work.
Congress legislator from Kichha, Tilak Raj Behar, said: “It was during the Congress rule and my tenure as health minister, this ambitious project was started. In 2007, when the BJP came to office in Uttarakhand, its construction was halted and the funds were also stopped. In 2012, the Congress government resumed the work, but in 2017, with BJP coming back to power again, the work was halted. They announced that they would begin college in 2022, but it proved a farce.”
Former BJP legislator Rajesh Shukla, after whose father the college is named, hit back at Behar, saying: “It was the BJP-led union government that sanctioned over Rs 300 crore for the medical college. Three other medical colleges in the state, announced by BJP, are also under construction. This is a big project facing unexpected hurdles, but we are keen on its beginning and are determined to complete it in the next financial year.”
Sanjay Juneja, president of a traders’ union, said the people, who were hoping that opening a medical college would boost primary health facilities, were disappointed.

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