Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balangir, Aug 30:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for the proposed Balangir medical college at Chatiapali.
“I am delighted to be in Balangir district today for a number of foundation stone laying ceremonies, including the Balangir medical college,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik speaking to reporters after the foundation laying ceremony.
Local Congress MLA and Leader of the Opposition Party (LoP) Narasingh Mishra and BJD Rajya Sabha member Ananga Uday Singhdeo were present during the foundation laying ceremony.
“I have already requested the Chief Minister that an agriculture university be established in Balangir district. I myself and the Patnagarh MLA had visited the Chief Minister to urge him to take up various developmental works in Balangir district. BJD friends too had assured to accompany us; but for some reason they backed out. We had 20 minutes of discussion with him and we hope the Chief Minister will pay attention and take steps for the development and progress of Balangir district,” said Narasingh Mishra.
“Earlier in the past, we had tried for a medical college in Balangir district on several occasions. But this time, it’s happening 100%. The project has an allocation of Rs 170 crore. Surely, our much desired medical college will come up. Apart from this, the Chief Minister will lay the foundation stones for different projects,” said BJD Rajya Sabha member Ananga Uday Singhdeo.
The Chief Minister too distributed several articles to beneficiaries under different government programmes.
Security has been tightened at different places in the district in view of the Chief Minister’s visit. The Chief Minister will also lay foundation stones for some developmental projects at Titilagarh.