Free Press Journal

Medical college’s new building opposed as Muslims stake claim


BHOPAL : The administration of Gandhi Medical College is facing stiff challenge from the religious leaders who have opposed construction of college’s new building near intensive care unit on the campus. The leaders of Muslim community said that there can be no construction as the land belongs to a mosque.

During Ramzan last year, the situation had become so tense that the construction was stopped and public works department requested the district administration to resolve the conflict with Muslim community leaders. Though six months have passed after the conflict, the construction has yet to begin.

Dr Sanjay Jain, PRO of GMC, said that the issue should be resolved as early as possible through talks between Muslim community leader and district administration so that construction of main block of the new building can be re-started.  In fact, Gandhi Medical College is converting the existing medical college to have new multi-specialty hospital with 2000 beds by 2019.

But this is not for the first time that GMC is facing protest. It was served legal notice for dumping mud and construction material near grave of Dost Mohammad Khan, the  founder ruler of Bhopal. Congress MLA Arif Aquil then had accused GMC of encroaching the grave and its premises.