Minister mulls expansion of Meghalaya House at Vellore to cater to burgeoning visitors

SHILLONG, May 15: Concerned over grievances of patients and their families who visit Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, the General Administration Department (GAD) and Public Works Department (Building) Minister in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) Cabinet, Coming One Ymbon inspected the Meghalaya House at Vellore along with officers of the PWD (Building) as well as GAD.

Amongst those who accompanied, the Minister was Chief Engineer, F. Marbaniang, Executive Engineer, B. Phira and George Edward who is in charge of GAD at Vellore.

During the inspection, Mr Ymbon got first-hand experience of the difficulties faced by the patients as well as their families from Meghalaya who visit the CMC, Vellore for treatment especially the lack of accommodation facilities for people from the state.

During his two-day stay in Vellore, on May 14 and May 15, Mr Ymbon met officers from the PWD (B), GAD and those who visited the hospital at CMC, Vellore to consider ways and means to solve the issue.

The GAD and PWD (Building) Minister said that the only way the problem of accommodation for people of the state coming to CMC, Vellore can be solved is to construct a Meghalaya House for the convenience of those visiting the hospital.

“I don’t see any other way to solve the problem of accommodation but to construct a Meghalaya House for the convenience of patients and those accompanying them,” Mr Ymbon said.

Conversing with officers and those who visited the CMC, Vellore, the Minister said that as soon as he reach Shillong, he will take up the issue of lack of accommodation at the CMC, Vellore with the Chief Minister, Mr Conrad K Sangma and to urge him to allocate funds to construct a Meghalaya House at Vellore.

Currently, Meghalaya House in Vellore, is situated at Sathuvachari, and is also known as, “Spring of Hope” cottage.

The total area of the present Meghalaya House is 15K sq ft and has only 10 cottages consisting of three rooms – which include a room, a kitchen and a toilet.

The Minister also found out that, the Meghalaya House also lacks employees among other things.

According to the GAD officer, posted at Meghalaya House Vellore, George Edward said that the patients visiting the CMC for their treatment will not be less than 80.

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