7 years on, multi-crore Bandipora hospital project in limbo


The multi-specialty district hospital at Nusoo here is awaiting completion for past seven years even as the local population is facing immense problems in absence of this facility.
“We have been witnessing the construction of the hospital since March 2010. It is still incomplete owing to official apathy and inefficiency of the local legislators. Due to its incompletion, we are facing lot of hardships on account of healthcare,” said Ghulam Muhammad Lone, a local.
The hospital was to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 28.25 crore out of which Rs 21.15 crore have been utilized so far, sources said.  
The execution work is being carried out by JK Housing Board.
Official sources said the executing agency has missed two deadlines in the past for the completion and handing over of the hospital to the health department.
Locals said they are facing immense hardships due to the incompletion of the hospital building since 2010. “The district hospital is currently running from a rickety structure. We have to either go to the Srinagar or Sopore hospitals for specialized treatment as the hospital here lacks staff as well as space. 
“Some of the wards and OPD in the present hospital are functioning from tin sheds which speaks volumes about the claims of the authorities,” the locals said.
They said the construction work on the hospital is going on at snail’s pace. “The executing agency has only been able to build a structure in past seven years. Had the hospital building been completed on time our sufferings on account of healthcare would have been mitigated. 
“We were happy when the construction of the new hospital was started. But now we have lost hope,” they said.    
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Hussain said that within three months one block of the hospital building would be made functional. “By the end of December this year the hospital would be made fully functional,” he added.

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