Proposed far-west Medical College in limbo


Himalayan News Service

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Fate of the proposed far-west medical College in Geta of Kailali Geta hangs in the balance as work to develop necessary physical infrastructure has failed to kickstart for over a year now.

To expedite work for the medical college, the then government had established an office at a rented house here. But long after the contractors were selected for construction of the administrative building and the road worth around 130 million and 40 million rupees respectively, no work has started.

“Contractors were selected but months after the contracts no work has started as the government is yet to issue permit to fell trees at the proposed site,” said the proposed medical college promotion and development committee executive director Dr Bhim Singh Tinkar, ruing the plight of having to discharge duty from a rented facility.

“The government’s inaction has not only delayed the project, it has also irked the contractors who have threatened to pull out of the project, citing the loss they are having to bear due to delay,”said Tinkar, adding “Around 150 trees have to be removed for construction of the building and the road, but months after the district forest office sent the file to the concerned ministry, the latter is yet to decide,” informed Tinkar.

“As per the contract, we are supposed to finish the work in the next three months, but it’s yet to start. This, in turn, has caused a huge loss for us,” said Dil Bahadur Oli, owner of KS Raman and Tedi Construction, the company entrusted with the construction of the road, while the contractor supposed to develop the administrative building of the college also voiced similar concerns.

More to it, months after the validity of the concerned committee has expired its tenure is yet to be extended. The tenure of the far-west Medical College Promotion and Development Committee led by Chetraj Panta expired way back in July last year.

Meanwhile, procrastination in construction has not gone down well with locals, who today entered the site of the proposed site and felled 12 trees with the support of local political parties. “How much should we wait?” asked Nepali Congress Kailali town president Nrip Bad. 

District Forest Officer Murari Prasad Pokharel, on his part, however, described the tree felling as unlawful and vowed action against the persons involved. “No one can be above the law, so they will be punished,” said the DFO, who had reached the site upon being tipped off, but was instead picketed by irate locals at the site.