‘Work going on smoothly, expected to be completed by 2019 end’
Srinagar: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has vacated the building of under construction 500-bed maternity-cum-paediatric hospital at Bemina, which it had occupied in the month of Ramadan (June).
Kashmir Reader had reported about the occupation of the building by CRPF, prompting the government to issue directives for vacation.
[epq-quote align=”align-right”]Kashmir Reader Impact[/epq-quote]“Government has directed IGP Kashmir to take immediate steps for shifting of the CRPF from the hospital premises to any other suitable place and hopefully the CRPF will leave the hospital premises within two or three days,” Nayeem Akhter, the then government spokesman has said in a statement.
All the makeshift tents, mobile bunkers, tin-sheds and toilets have been dismantled. The barbed wires which demarcated the building have been also removed.
Public Relations Officer of CRPF had expressed ignorance about the occupation in June. Police officials later confirmed the forces presence and had said that the paramilitary forces would stay in the building for “Yatra period only” as they don’t have any alternative space to accommodate them.
“The work suffered in the days of troop presence, they were almost 1000 personnel. It is a welcome step that they left otherwise the hospital construction would have suffered hugely,” work supervisor from R&B department said. “The construction is going on smoothly now and hopefully the work will be completed by the end of 2019”.
Naeem Akhter, former minister of Public Works, during his February visit to the hospital had said that the government would start the functioning of the hospital “this year”. He had termed the project of “vital significance” which will “decrease the workload” on other major hospitals in the city, especially on Lal Ded maternity hospital.
The hospital is being built at a cost of Rs 45.98 crore. Funds of Rs 25 crore were allocated to the peadiatric section but the hospital missed the original deadline in 2015.