Kashmir Super Specialty Hospital misses 5 deadlines

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, July 27: The Super Specialty Hospital in Kashmir coming up at Shireen Bagh here has missed five deadlines till date with latest being July 2013.
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD)--executing agency--of the multi crore project took up the construction of Super Specialty Hospital in 2008. The project is part of the Government Medical College  Srinagar and its estimated cost was qorked around Rs 115 crore, however, the cost was later revised upto Rs 137 crore. While Rs 115 crore was central share the remaining amount was to be contributed by the state government.  
The project has been taken up under Pradhan Mantri Swashtya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) and nine super-specialties- neuro-surgery, cardio vascular thoracic surgery, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, urology, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology and Nephrology -were to be created up in the institution.  
Officials in Medical Education Department told Greater Kashmir that work on the project is going on at snail’s pace for the past five years.
“The work began in April 2008 and was to be completed by December 2009,” they said, adding that the CPWD failed to complete the project within the stipulated time.
They said the project has missed numerous deadlines so far owing to “lackadaisical approach” of the central agency coupled with non- seriousness of the state government.
“Even Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was assured by CPWD officials that the project would be completed by June 2012,” they said, adding “But nothing was done practically.”
When contacted, Medical Education Minister Taj Mohiuddin said execution part of the project is not in their hands.  “As soon as the construction part is over, we will the make the institution functional as machines and equipments have already been  procured for it ,” Taj said.
 The CPWD , however, said that continuous law and order problems hampered execution work of the hospital. “Our work is slow primarily on account of frequent law and order problems gripping Kashmir. Whenever trouble erupts, our skilled labour leaves the Valley and in such a situation, works comes to abrupt halt,” Chief Engineer CPWD Northern Zone SK Garg told Greater Kashmir over phone.
“Besides, there is also limited working season in Kashmir due to tough weather conditions,” he said.
Executive Engineer CPWD, Karamveer Singh said they have set October 2012 as next deadline for the project. He said work would be completed within 2- 3 months.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Shah said that CPWD officials during a recent meeting with the top officials assured that the work would be completed by end of this year. 

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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