No Dearth of Medicines and PPE Kits in Tripura, Says CM Biplab Kumar Deb

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb during his Independence Day speech said that there is no shortage of medicines and personal protective equipment (PPE), amid the surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

Unfurling the national flag at the Assam Rifles Parade Ground here on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, he lauded the COVID-19 warriors for their services.

He inspected the guard of honour of various contingents of the security forces and presented medals to the police personnel for their distinguished services. Only a few ministers and government officials were present on the occasion.

The chief minister said the government has arranged for 2,129 beds for treatment of coronavirus patients and a medical college will be set up in Ambassa, the headquarters of Dhalai district.

According to reports, the total number of coronavirus patients in the state rose to 6,952 with 164 new cases reported on Saturday, while the toll climbed to 50 as four more persons succumbed to the disease.

Deb said the government is working to bring the entire state under the broadband network connection. The Centre has allocated Rs 3,193 crore for the 15-km long Agartala-Akhaura rail link project and the work for it is progressing well, he said, adding that a survey for an alternative railway line from Belonia in South Tripura district to Dharmanagar in North Tripura has been started.

Tripura will emerge as a logistic hub in the north-east region as vessels will start ferrying goods soon through the India-Bangladesh protocol route on the Gomatiriver, he added.