Ladakh Bhawan to come up at Delhi

Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh R K Mathur laying foundation stone of Ladakh Bhavan at Dwarka in Delhi on Sunday.
Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh R K Mathur laying foundation stone of Ladakh Bhavan at Dwarka in Delhi on Sunday.

Telemedicine healthcare facilities proposed in UT

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 3: Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh RK Mathur today laid foundation stone for Ladakh Bhawan (Kargil Wing) at Dwarka Delhi and instructed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) authorities to ensure timely completion of the project.
He assured that the UT administration will not let funds hamper the construction.
The CPWD authorities briefed the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh about architectural design and facilities to be provided.
Chairman, LAHDC Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan; Executive Councillors- Syed Abbas Razvi, Mohsin Ali and Syed Mehdi Fazily; Commissioner Secretary, Ajeet Kumar Sahu and Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, Santosh Sukhdeve, were present during the foundation stone laying ceremony for Ladakh Bhawan.
The building will be constructed at a cost of approximately Rs 15 crores under Special Development Package (SDP) and the construction work will be executed by the CPWD. The building will have 24 rooms, four dormitories, 2 VIP suites, a conference hall, a dining hall and a kitchen with modern facilities. The Bhawan will be managed by Hill Council, Kargil.
The Bhawan has been constructed for the Haj pilgrims, patients, students seeking admission in Delhi and others.
Ladakh Bhawan (Kargil Wing), which has been a long pending demand of the general public of Kargil, is proposed as a residential complex for the general public of Kargil who have to visit the national capital.
Speaking on the occasion, CEC LAHDC Kargil Feroz Khan extended gratitude to the UT Administration led by Mathur for including the said project under the Special Development Package. He hoped that the building would be completed within the stipulated time frame and the general public of Kargil who visit the national capital for treatment, short business trip, onwards journey for pilgrimages etc. would benefit from the facility.
The building is located at a 15-minutes’ walk from the Metro Station and the Delhi Airport is also nearby which would prove extremely beneficial for pilgrims, students and other visitors from Kargil.
He further said that efforts were on to materialise the said project since 2003-04. CEC Kargil thanked all persons and agencies involved right from the beginning especially former CEC LAHDC Kargil Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan for their pro-active role in acquiring the land. Lauding the efforts put in by the UT Administration, Feroz Khan said that the UT Administration has fast tracked the process of according administrative approval for the said project and have already released Rs 4 crores to the executing agency for execution of work.
Meanwhile, a A delegation comprising doctors led by Director, Medijunction Smart Healthcare Pvt Ltd and Dr Alok Kumar, called on Mathur, in New Delhi.
The delegation proposed providing telemedicine healthcare facilities along with the physical presence of medical staff in remote areas of Ladakh, including doctors and nurses. They also discussed providing instant healthcare services at doorsteps and digital ICU (Intensive Care Unit). The delegation further proposed setting up rural digital clinics, integrating various services and properly utilising doctor’s time.
The delegation proposed making multi-speciality doctors available in remote areas, reducing turnaround time and providing better health at a reduced cost.
Mathur inquired about the offline collection of data and treatment in areas without internet connectivity. He suggested using satellite-based internet or VSATs for providing telemedicine services in remote areas. He stressed the need for providing trained staff for patients in remote areas of Ladakh.