4 years on,Maternity-cum-Child Care Hospital Kangan still incomplete

Officials said that the hospital is coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 27 crores and the project is being executed by J&K Housing Board.

IRFAN RAINA
Ganderbal, Publish Date: Aug 23 2017 12:42AM | Updated Date: Aug 23 2017 12:42AM
4 years on,Maternity-cum-Child Care Hospital Kangan still incompleteFile Photo

Notwithstanding the tall claims of the state government about fast infrastructure development in the rural areas, the slow pace of work on Maternity-cum-Child Care Hospital (M&CCH) Kangan in Ganderbal district depicts otherwise.

Locals said that almost four years back in early 2014 during NC-Congress coalition government foundation stone was laid for the 70-bed hospital, but it is yet to be completed, showing the indifferent attitude of the authorities.

Officials said that the hospital is coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 27 crores and the project is being executed by J&K Housing Board.

An official of the Housing Board told Greater Kashmir that out of estimated cost an amount of Rs 7 crores has been released so far, adding that for the current fiscal an amount of Rs 2 crores has been kept for the project. He attributed the slow pace of work to non-availability of funds in past years. He said that cost of construction hasn’t risen or escalated over these years. Sources said that the work on the hospital building has been stopped many times due to which the aim of setting up the hospital is dying. If the work continues at snail’s pace it seems it may take many years to complete.

Locals said that with the completion of hospital the people of the area would receive best maternity and child care health facilities and they would not have to move to other towns and city hospitals.

Locals said in absence of proper maternity medical facilities, the Sub District Hospital Kangan to some extent does a good work however many a times maternity patients with serious complications from far off areas have to travel nearly 100 kilometers to reach Lal Ded Maternity Hospital in Srinagar. “This sometimes proves fatal for the patients,” they said, adding that if the new maternity hospital had been completed and made functional that would have provided relief to the female folk.

“The slow pace of work is due to paucity of funds, the matter is being taken up with the concerned authorities,” chief medical officer Ganderbal Dr Fayaz Ahmed told Greater Kashmir.

Director Health Kashmir Dr Saleem ur Rehman said the executing agency has been asked to expedite the work.