Drug warehouse for JKMSCL missing deadline

Drug warehouse for JKMSCL missing deadline
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JKPCC has drawn the entire project cost amount in March

Srinagar: The J&K Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) has failed to complete a regional warehouse for J&K Medical Supplies Corporation’s (JKMSCL) at Bemina, the work on which was started in 2012.
A similar regional warehouse for storing drugs for Jammu at Nagrota was completed two years ago.
What is more, officials said, the JKPCC has already taken the entire estimated cost amount.
The JKPCC took the entire Rs 9 crore estimated cost of the project in March, but has completed only 70 percent work, General Manager JKMSCL, Dr Iqbal told Kashmir Reader.
The JKMSCL paid the JKPCC in two installments of Rs 5 crore and Rs 4 crore, Dr Iqbal said. The project was supposed to be completed in 2017.
“With other agencies, they would cite paucity of funds, but we have already cleared their dues. I do not know what they are doing and how their system works,” Dr Iqbal said.
“We have written to them so many times, but to no avail. They had set May 1 as the deadline for the project, but that also has not been met. Now they set another deadline for handover the building in July we will hope they meet the deadline,” he added.
Besides roof, sofet and some pending interior work, the JKPCC, Dr Iqbal said, is yet to build the approach road and install a lift in the building.
In absence of the warehouse, the JKMSCL was forced to store the medical supplies in a scattered manner at hospitals in Srinagar, he said
The old drug warehouse in Barzulla is in a dilapidated condition, because of which work on a new warehouse where drugs would be stored as per the scientific norms was started. While the estimated cost of the project was relatively lower at the outset, an official at the JKMSCL told Kashmir Reader that the JKPCC had failed to complete the project despite cost enhancements.
“Bypassing the JKMSCL, they (JKPCC) got the cost of the project raised through the higher ups all these years, still they have not completed it,” the official said.
On cost escalation, Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education, Pawan Kotwal told Kashmir Reader that in January they had “revised” the cost of the project to “to accommodate the regional corporate office of the corporation also in the building”. The cost of the project at the outset was Rs 7 crore, as per Kotwal.
JKPCC Managing Director told Kashmir Reader that the finished would be handed over to JKMSCL by July 20.
“We have to finish electric works and interior work, beside we have to fit a lift in the building,” he said.

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