State to establish Rs 400-cr vety university in RB

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SHILLONG, June 2: Livestock and Veterinary Affairs Minister Sanbor Shullai said on Thursday that the state government has launched a process to establish a veterinary university at Kyrdemkulai in Ri Bhoi district.
He told reporters that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Rs 400 crore project has been prepared and the proposal will soon be submitted to Cabinet for approval.
“We started the process. The construction site will be at Kyrdemkulai. The DPR has been prepared and after CM (Conrad K Sangma) returns from his tour next week, it will be submitted to Cabinet for approval,” Shullai said.
Stating that the department has its own land for the university, he said that once the project is approved by the Cabinet, he will have to travel to Delhi to get it sanctioned. He said he will meet the Union Minister of State for Veterinary Affairs and hold a discussion in this regard. Shullai, who also holds the Department of Prisons and Corrections portfolio, said the state government will build a modern central jail in New Shillong Township.
Revealing that the department had a meeting with the Department of Urban Affairs, he said: “We passed a resolution. We have signed in principle that 25 acres of land in Mawdiangdiang will be allocated by the Urban Affairs Department to the Prisons Department for the purpose of the Central Jail.
“This existing district jail at Jail Road will be handed over to the urban affairs department,” Shullai said, adding that the urban affairs department is proposing construction of a parking lot, stalls, shopping complex, etc. in the future, so that jobs can be generated.
According to him, the prison will have a capacity of 5,000 prisoners – 2,500 men and as many women.
Asked about the reasons for the delay even after a proposal, he replied, “I don’t know what happened. The file was not moving and no one was interested in taking care of it. If you work for the state, you have to think about the future.
He said things started to move after he took over the department.
Urban Affairs Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar is currently in Dubai and will sign the minutes of the meeting upon his return. Thereafter, the same will be submitted to Cabinet for approval, Shullai added.

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