8 years on, district hospital Bandipora awaits completion


Even after passing of eight years since the work was started on it, the multi-specialty district hospital at Nusoo is still incomplete with local population facing immense problems for want of this facility.
The district hospital building is under construction since 2010 when its foundation stone was laid.
Locals told Greater Kashmir that they have been facing lot of problems owing to the incompletion of the hospital building.
They said the successive governments and the local administration have failed to complete the work on the building. "This shows their inefficiency,” exclaimed Showkat Ahmad, a local resident.
He said the project should have been given the priority as this is an emergency service and due to its absence, local population is suffering immensely.
The locals said the present hospital building is in a shambles whereas the OPD is being run from a tin shed. “The present hospital is still having the status of sub-district hospital and due to the lack of space the patients suffer. The height is that the general ward of the hospital is being run in a tin shed,” they said.
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. 
Finishing work is in progress since 2015 and still it has not been completed, they said.
The execution work is being carried out by JK Housing Board.
Official sources said the executing agency has missed three deadlines in the past for the completion of the hospital. “Earlier, the deadline for making one portion of the hospital functional was June 2017, later it was extended to September 2017 but till date the hospital is yet to be made functional as the construction works are going at a snail’s pace.,” said the officials adding that another deadline was fixed June 2018 but the executing authority has failed to complete the construction works and hand over the building to the health department.
The locals said that due to the absence specialized facilities in the present hospital they have to either go to the Srinagar or Sopore hospitals for specialized treatment.
“Had the hospital building been completed on time, our problem would have been mitigated,” they said.
Principal secretary, health and medical education department, AtalDulloo who is also holding the charge of director health services Kashmir said that he was not aware of the present status. “Since the issue has come to my notice I will look into the matter,” he assured.  

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