Baramulla: Despite spending a whopping Rs 50 crore to establish a trauma hospital in highway town of Pattan in Baramulla district, the hospital awaits commissioning even after 12 years when its foundation stone was laid.
The hospital was projected to be the first of its kind in north Kashmir where specialist doctors were supposed to attend any emergency including trauma cases and pregnancy emergencies.
Interestingly, the sluggish approach of the government in completion of the construction work continued despite former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s announcement that the hospital would be operationalised by 2016.
Late Mufti visited the hospital site in 2015 when he announced grant of Rs 6 crore to meet the liabilities on account of pending bills of contractors. Pending payments, the contractors had abandoned the construction work.
The locals said that following Mufti’s demise, the officials and ministers forgot his promise and the authorities again held up payment of pending bills.
Sources privy to the developments over the hospital said that even as the construction work is almost completed, the finishing touches have been refused by the contractors.
Tariq Magloo, general secretary of traders’ federation Baramulla said that large number of accident patients can get relief if government completes and operationalizes the hospital.
Javid Ahmad Bhat, president industrial estate north Kashmir said that the government should complete the hospital as soon as possible and save precious lives of trauma patients, mostly those who meet accidents on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway.