100 bedded Hospital at Pulwama

The existing 60 bedded IPD block at District Hospital Pulwama in South Kashmir was considered as insufficient to cater to the growing needs of the patients visiting this hospital and needing hospitalisation. Besides, there is otherwise insufficient space and that too in bad shape to cater to the rush of the patients. To address this problem, accordingly in the year 2012, the Government decided to increase the capacity by building a new block which could house as many as 100 in- patients. It was estimated that an amount of Rs. 28.16 crore would be the cost of the project.
So far so good, looking to the nature of the project, it should have been completed within the given timeline but the travesty is that despite missing several deadlines, the hospital continues to remain incomplete. As is wont with the majority of projects in Jammu and Kashmir, meagre funding has been responsible for slow pace of work, though the work in the instant case was handed over to Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board.
The new constructed block expected to be complete in 2016 continues to be incomplete even now and looking to the level of current progress, it is nowhere near the completion. Had the executing agency been receiving funds regularly, the new hospital block would have been since completed. However, with the same funds flow policy, it might take another two years. In that event, the cost was feared to get escalated adding to the problem instead of solving it. Since the hospital urgently needs reasonably enough ward space, the Government must look into the issue and address it so that the new hospital block gets ready soon.


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