Project work at a stand-still for over a year
Anantnag: Nearly five years after the foundation stone for the new building block of the Quimoo hospital was laid, and work was initiated on the same, the healthcare facility is far from completion. For the last two years, work on the project remains at a complete halt.
Sanctioned in 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.5 crore, the building was meant to be a Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department undertaking and was aimed at addressing the space shortage cited as a major reason for the hospital’s poor state of healthcare. However, four-and-a-half years down the line, construction has not progressed beyond the erection of concrete columns.
“When the building for the hospital was sanctioned in 2012, we had hoped for its completion in a couple of years, but now nearly five years have passed, but the building is nowhere near being finished,” said a paramedic, posted at the hospital.
Paucity of funds, hospital sources said, has delayed the building. “For the last five years, we have only been seeing these cemented columns. The contractor initially halted work on the building after payment for a portion of work he had completed was not released. And for almost the last two years, project work is at a complete halt. It seems that the executing agency has forgotten this project,” said a health department official. The reason for the work being stalled, he said, was the failure of the executing agency to provide project drawings to the contractor.
“You can imagine how serious the executing agency is about completing the project when the contractor has been awaiting the drawing for restarting the work for over a year,” official sources said.
Sources said, even the contractor who constructed residential quarters for doctors four years ago awaits release of his bills.
Executive engineer, R&B, division Kulgam, Muhammad Yusuf Tramboo admitted that the non-availability of funds caused delays in the building’s completion. He, however, said that funds for the same have now been released, and work on the building would be restarted soon.
Area MLA Abdul Majid Larmi, however, blamed the contractor for abandoning the project. “I have met the deputy commissioner just today and have taken up the issue with him. Some contractor has abandoned the project, and I have asked the deputy commissioner to look into it and ensure the work on the hospital is speeded up,” Larmi said.