Construction of PHC left halfway, people suffer

Construction of PHC left halfway, people suffer

Budgam: The primary health centre (PHC) in Gundipora area of Beerwah in this central Kashmir district is awaiting completion for ten years with people facing immense difficulties for want of this facility.
The construction work of the PHC was stopped in the year 2014 and authorities have lapsed nearly 34 lakh rupees due to non completion of the facility.
According to local residents, the PHC is presently running in a small building where not all kinds of facilities are available for the patients.
Abdul Qayoom Khan, a local said the construction work of the facility was started in the year 2009 and was stopped on September 3, 2014. “The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is funding the construction of PHC for which it has already allocated Rs 1 crore and 65 lakh,” he said.
He said the government had given 5 years time for the completion of its construction and the work was stopped on 3rd September 2014 after failing to meet the deadline.
“The hospital has two storey building in which first storey has been completed and second storey is incomplete,” said Abdul Rashid, another local.
The locals said if the hospital would have been started it would have given much relief to the people in and around the village.
They said that they have already approached deputy commissioner of Budgam regarding the issue and the chief medical officer Budgam has also visited the spot.
When contacted Chief Medical Officer Budgam, Nazir Ahmad Bhat said that they have already visited the spot and have noticed how much work is pending. “Whenever the funds will be available, the construction work will be started,” he said.