Even after 14 years and spending more than Rs 60 Crore the Sub District trauma hospital Pattan here in north Kashmir is yet to become operational.
Sources said the hospital has been locked by a contractor due to nonpayment of more than Rs six crore spend by him. "Ninety percent work is already completed but the final touch (electricity, water and macdamazaton) is still pending. Work on the said hospital was started in 2002," they added.
Officials said the hospital was constructed to tackle the accidents that take place on Srinagar Muzzafarabad highway. "This hospital can save many lives. Most of the times if any accident takes place, the death is inevitable as the patients have to be rushed to Srinagar hospitals for treatment which takes a lot of time and during the process the patient dies," the officials added.
The Chief Medical Officer Baramulla Dr Bashir Ahmad Chalku while talking to Greater Kashmir said, "The hospital is almost complete but minor works are awaiting final touch. Recently DC Baramulla called meeting in which SE R&B demanded release of some funds so that pending works could be completed. We are waiting for release of funds so that these minor works are taken care off."
The Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Nasir Ahmad Naqash said, "Hospital has not been locked by the contractor but minor works like water, electricity are pending. We will soon complete these and hospital would start functioning soon."