Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday laid foundation stone of Balasore government medical college and hospital which may become functional from the 2016-2017 academic session.
The ceremony was held near the Remuna block on a 20-acre patch, identified by the district administration for the purpose.
Naveen flew to Remuna block office premises in a helicopter. From the helipad, he went to the place where the customary plaque was put up. He pulled the curtain and flew back. Everything was over in a matter of minutes.
Residents of Balasore and surrounding areas have been demanding for a medical college and hospital for the past 10 years, and the area had witnessed strikes and protests in support of their demand as well.
Residents of the city will be relieved from the inconvenience of travelling nearly 170km to Cuttack to get admitted to a government hospital as CM laid a foundation stone for such a facility here.
The proposed medical college and hospital in Balasore is worth Rs 169 crore with the state’s share being 25 per cent.
The stone-laying ceremony evoked protests from BJP, which alleged that the state government had deliberately ignored the central government. Remuna BJP MLA Gobinda Chandra Das alleged the government is trying to use the stone-laying ceremony for political gain.