BIJBEHARA — Though the Roads and Buildings (R&B) department declared the building of Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Bijbehara, in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, unsafe after the September 2014 floods, the work on the new 50-bedded building block is yet to be completed.
In 2018, the then minister for Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Rehman Veeri, laid the foundation stone of SDH Bijbehara with an estimated cost of Rs 14.47 crore. The hospital is being built by the Jammu & Kashmir Police Housing Corporation.
Medico posted in the hospital said that after the September 2014 floods, the R&B department declared the old hospital building unsafe, yet they have been operating from the same building.
“How come is it safe for doctors to work in such a building. The cracks in walls and ceiling are widening with each passing day and it has been declared unsafe by the R&B department,” a medico wishing anonymity said.
“If the work continues at snail’s pace, it seems it may take many years to complete. We approached the Health Department and the Jammu and Kashmir Police Housing Corporation and asked them to expedite the work, but our repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” Iqbal Zargar, a local, said.
The locals urged the government to direct the authorities concerned to ensure completion of the building at the earliest.
The Jammu & Kashmir Police Housing Corporation authorities said that work is at standstill from the last two months due to COVID-19.
“The work in the hospital building will be started soon,” they said. (KNO)