500 Bed Covid Hospital Coming Up Near Budgam: Govt

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government said on Saturday that 125 beds will be used as intensive care units (ICUs) in the DRDO’s under construction 500- bedded Covid hospital in Budgam district slated to be completed next month.

The remarks in this regard were made by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, who visited Reshipora village of Budgam district on Tuesday to take stock of ongoing construction work on the Covid hospital, an official spokesperson said.

He said that the Div Com asserted that the work on the project is to be completed within 35 days and that hospital shall have facility of 125 beds as intensive care units and rest of the beds shall have oxygen supply facility. The construction shall also include 50- double room accommodation facility for doctors and paramedics staff.

He said that the hospital is being constructed across land spread over 72 kanals and the earthwork on the approach road has been completed while as tree felling is also going on in full swing.

Pole was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Shahbaz Mirza, CE PWD, CE PHE, divisional heads or various departments, a team of DRDO headed by Additional CE, (Scientist- E) Ravindra Kumar, ADC Budgam, Tehsildar Budgam, DD Health Services Kashmir and other officers.

During the visit, the official spokesperson said that the Div Com directed concerned officers to ensure supply of electricity and water facility would be made available on war footing, besides developments of approach and interior roads with metal work and construction of 4 culverts within a week’s time.

“The Div Com emphasized on carrying out the ground levelling work and extracting of tree routes before Monday. He exhorted upon speedy mettle work and back topping of service, approach and interior roads is also carried out by the concerned department. Health authorities were directed to ensure timely deployment of doctors as well as paramedical staff for smooth functioning of the hospital to ensure better Healthcare facilities to the Covid patients,” he said.

He further said that the Div Com was apprised that the hospital shall be constructed with pre-engineered thermal insulated material having life of more than 25 years.

“DRDO team informed that the material and piling work shall be started by Monday and the project, having the facility of sufficient oxygen store shall be completed in time,” the official spokesperson said.

While speaking to media, Pole, as per the official spokesperson said that the facility shall be turned into a full-fledged hospital once the Covid-19 pandemic is over

“He said that there is sufficient supply of oxygen available at all hospitals as an audit is being conducted to check out supply of oxygen is going smoothly and there are no leakage or misuse of the same,” he added.

Meanwhile, a delegation of local village Reshipora submitted a list of demands with the Div Com demanding jobs, road facility and other benefits be given to the land donors.

“After listening to the delegation, the Div Com assured them that all their genuine demands shall be looked into and addressed on priority,” the official spokesperson added.

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