The Ministry of Ayush has agreed to set up a 50-bedded Ayush hospital and an equal number of Health and Wellness Centres in Tripura soon, said Minister for Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal after holding a discussion with the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb during his visit to the state on Tuesday.
Sonowal told media that the Ayush hospital and wellness centres will not only support the existing health infrastructure of Tripura but will also give a boost to the traditional medicinal practices in the region and attract the people from other parts of the country and neighbouring Bangladesh as well thereby, help the economic growth and cultural development.
“This will go a long way to provide patient care to the people of northeast and help them to enrich their quality of life,” Sonowal opined and added the state government would provide the land for construction of the proposed Ayush Hospital and the ministry will extend all the support.
He also stated that another ministry under him Ports, Shipping and Waterways has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tripura government for the development and maintenance of an Inland Water Transport terminal at Srimantapur of Sonamura in Sepahijala district. The officials of Transport department of Tripura, Inland Waterways Authority of India and Land Ports Authority of India have inked the agreement in presence of Sonowal and Biplab Kumar Deb.
The minister said as many as 10 jetties would be constructed in Tripura’s Gomati River for inland water transport between India and Bangladesh at Rs 25 crore, which was intended to facilitate the movement of cargo and passenger vessels and river cruise.
This will accelerate the volume of trade between the two countries. Apart from Gomati River, the ministry of Waterways would undertake a hydrological survey in some other rivers of Tripura and the next step would be taken as per the feasibility.
The allocated fund for River Gomati had already been sanctioned for dredging the river bed across a 40 -km stretch and construction of jetties between Sonamura and Udaipur, Sonowal stated. The Chief Minister Deb, however, informed that the Government of India is also ready to provide funds for dredging of another 40 -km stretch of Sonamura- Daudkandi Protocol Route at 80:20 ratio as per the request of the state government.
Another proposal for extending the waterway network by increasing the navigability of other rivers like Howrah and Deo has been sent to the Waterways and Shipping Ministry for funding. “Transportation of goods through waterways is the cheapest mode of transport. So, transportation of goods especially cement and steel from Indian states through waterways via Bangladesh will now be easier to transport and it will reduce the cost,” Deb pointed out. Goa Chronicle