Mangan hospital to be constructed by local contractor, committee to oversee work quality

Gangtok, 12 Dec:

A meeting regarding the construction of Mangan District Hospital was held underthe chairmanship of Lachen-Mangan MLA, Forest MinisterTsheringWangdiLepcha, at his office on Monday. In the meeting, which was also attended by the Secretary Health Department, Vishal Chauhan, and other senior officials of Health Department,it was decided that the construction of the hospital will be initiated soon.

It may be recalled that after sustaining severe damages due to the devastating earthquakeof 2011, the department had issued a tender notice inviting local contractors for the construction of the district hospital.

However, on 17 Nov, the residents of North Sikkim had taken out a rally demanding that the tender notice stipulating that only local contractors are eligible be cancelled.

It was demanded that another tender be floated announcing construction on a turnkey basis with stipulation that only technically competent and professionally run construction companies with a proven record in designing and constructing such structures be eligible for consideration.

The people had submitted a memorandum to the District Collector [North] demanding the department to hand over the construction work of the hospital to eligible and capable private companies.

During the meeting, the Secretary placed explanations on various issues related to the construction of the hospital. He explained that the state government has a rule according to which work below Rs 20 crore is to be given to local contractors so it cannot be given to any private company. He also informed that a committee comprising of local people, departmental officials and technical experts will be formed to ensure qualitative inputs in the construction of the hospital.

The Area MLA expressed his satisfaction on the assurance given by the department for qualitative work of the hospital. He stated that the people of North Sikkim are not against local contractors but just want the hospital to be safe and reliable.