Foundation laid in 1984: Sopore Hospital Still Incomplete

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Sopore: Lack of funds has hampered the construction work of Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Sopore, foundation of which was laid nearly 30 years back. 

The Government has miserably failed to clear the liabilities of contractors and according to locals the present regime is not serious in the completion of this hospital for which foundation stone was laid way back in 1984.

“Government in 1984 had allocated a sum of Rs 56 crores for the completion of this hospital but the present government reduced this allocation to Rs 26 crores and even after doing that failed to pay the dues to contractors which were on job,” locals of Sopore said adding that now contractors has stopped construction work and it seems that Sopore residents will never get a sub-district hospital.

Locals said that the non-serious approach of the Government amply reflects the vendetta and injustice done by the successive governments with the town. They said that the town is neglected and victimized in the healthcare sector.

“The delay in the completion of the project pooh poohs the government’s tall claims about healthcare being its priority sector,” the residents said adding that they submitted several representations to the officials seeking expediting of work on the project and completion of buildings at an earliest, but out repeated pleas have fallen to deaf ears,” the locals said.

They said only during the Ghulam Nabi Azad government, the work on hospital was started in double shifts, but the day he abdicated, construction process stopped.  People have demanded that the hospitals should be developed at a faster pace.

When contacted Minister for Health, Taj Mohiudin said that he will look into the matter and will ensure that construction process may not get affected. 

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