Gangtok: Football icon and politician Bhaichung Bhutia has slammed Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Golay for constructing a 300-bed hospital in Namchi at the cost of a nearby playground. “It is the only playground available in Namchi,” said the former Indian football captain.
The Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) president reminded the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government of how “all fought and voted for good ‘parivartan’ but what is actually taking place in Sikkim has completely been disappointing so far”.
“Percentages and commissions can wait but peoples’ lives and livelihoods are at stake here. So let us hope the government gets its priorities right,” said Bhutia.
“It would have been better if it had been shifted to Karfectar near Jorethang, where the government has sold land for a cancer hospital. This location suits people from both South and West Sikkim districts,” added Bhutia.
The 300-bed hospital in Namchi is being built at a cost of over Rs 500 crore with the chief minister already announcing the release of Rs 80 crore funds.
“During this pandemic, the government should have focused on upgrading all existing hospitals and PHCs with the right infrastructure, equipment and trained manpower to fight COVID-19 on a war footing instead of building a new hospital,” said Bhutia.
Bhutia requested the government to “stop the construction and start when pandemic is over. They must shift the project from the only playground available in Namchi”.