Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar, today visited Batamaloo constituency to take stock of various developmental projects there during which he set a deadline of one year for the completion of 500 bedded Maternity and Pediatric hospital at Bemina.
While inspecting pace of work on various developmental works in the constituency, the Minister stressed on the need to stick to deadlines so that all these projects are completed within the set timeline and their benefits percolates to the grass root level.
He was briefed that bottlenecks hindering work at the Bemina hospital have been cleared and work will resume within a week’s time. The Minister said that the project is of vital significance as it will cater to a large section of the society and also decrease the work load on major hospitals like Lal Ded.
He directed the officials of executing agencies to adopt the best practice in hospital constructions from around the world while completing the project. He also asked the officials to explore a peculiar facade for the building, that will be beautiful and in tune with architecture and environment of Kashmir.
The Minister also inspected the under construction bridges at Shalteng, Mallroo, Takanwari and Sharifabad. He directed the officials to complete all the bridges within a span of one year so that the interconnectivity across the Jhelum and Flood Spill channel is enhanced. He also issued directions for simultaneous development of approach roads of these bridges. He further asked the officials to expedite the cutting of trees from the flood channel and for taking all steps for better flood management.
Later, Akhtar visited the Trauma Centre Lawaypora where he was briefed that the work will be resumed shortly and first two floors of the hospital will be completed at the earliest.
MLA Batamallo Noor Mohammed Sheikh, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Chief Engineer PDD, MD JKPCC and other officials accompanied the Minister during the visit.