Bandipora, Jan, 01, : For last 4 years, people of Gundjahangir village in North Kashmir’s
Bandipora district are awaiting the completion of construction work on a new 35-bedded building block after the old one was found insufficient to cater to the huge patient inflow but paucity of funds and an alleged political indifference has rendered the whole process ineffective.
the residents of Gundjahangir are up in alleged against the Jammu & Kashmir construction Corporation (JKPCC) for failing to complete the under-construction hospital building since 2018.
The locals of the area said nearly five years have passed since the Depty Commissioner, Bandipora announced the much-needed up gradation of sub center into Health Centre but a lack of quality infrastructure has put the whole initiative in tatters. “The whole upgradation was a cruel joke. Apart from the nameplate of the hospital, nothing has changed,” Abdul Aziz Lone, a local resident, said.
He further said that Government’s failure to complete the construction work within stipulated time has irked the locals, who feel administration was indifferent towards the problem they face in availing the health services. “The gaps in the implementation of the program are visible but none is ready to accept the failure,” the locals said.
They said in 2012, the locals of the area filed a complaint with the Chief Minister’s grievance cell but it was kept unheard. “We are unable to fathom reasons behind this political indifference.
After filing the complaint, we immediately received the acknowledgment and a complaint number, 70431. The grievance cell is for namesake. We are unable to fathom reasons behind this political indifference,” added the locals.
An official at Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) said soon after the health center was upgraded, a new building was sanctioned which was supposed to be built with a total project cost of nearly Rs 6.5 crores. In 2017-18, the construction work was started but construction lost pace due to the paucity of funds, he said.
Mushtaq Ahmad wani, who is General Manager Central of JKPCC when contacted, said: “Despite delayed release of funds, we completed the two floors of the building and have asked the hospital authorities to use the services. We have received only 50% of the funds. For 50% funds, we were supposed to complete the two floors.and we have completed, so that people don’t have to suffer more.”
He further said that construction work is underway and the pending work will be completed within stipulated time.
The local residents said they have sought immediate intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and DC Bandipora Dr, Owais Shah in the matter.