NTPHC Baharabad operates from 4-room rented accommodation

Construction Of New Building Started 8 Years Ago, Not Completed As Yet

EJAZ-UL-HAQ BHAT
Bandipora, Publish Date: Oct 20 2017 12:00AM | Updated Date: Oct 20 2017 12:00AM
NTPHC Baharabad operates from 4-room rented accommodation

Eight years have passed since the construction work of new type primary health centre (NTPHC) Baharabad in Hajin block here was taken up, but it is yet to be completed. 

Locals said the construction was started in 2009 but the health facility is yet to be made functional despite their repeated pleas to the authorities concerned. 

Zahoor Ahmad, a local said that currently the health centre is functioning from a four-room rented building “donated” by the local Auqaf.

“Due to lack of facilities and adequate accommodation, locals suffer immensely so much so that for about eight months there was no doctor in the centre. Only recently a doctor was deputed,” he said. 

According to official records, the construction of NTPHC building at Amchi Kundal (Baharabad) was taken up in 2009-10 at Rs 93.92 lakh out of which Rs 59.51 lakh have been spent and 75 per cent work has been completed so far. 

The work has been undertaken by R&B department of Sumbal division. 

Locals said they have made repeated pleas to the authorities concerned including the deputy commissioner Bandipora to complete the construction in order to make the facility functional but to no avail. 

“It took them eight long years to raise the structure only. How much time will it take to complete other works and install machines and other equipment can only be imagined,” locals rued. 

The locals said the health centre caters to a population of more than 15,000 coming from seven villages namely Amchi Kundal, Baharabad, Markundal, Gundibon, Vijpara, Khumina and Kathpora. “Due to lack of facilities as well as accommodation we are forced to take our critical patients and pregnant ladies either to CHC Sumbal or to any hospital in Srinagar for treatment during night hours,” the locals said. 

Assistant Executive Engineer, R&B division Sumbal, Gulzar Ahmad said that due to lack of funds the building could not be completed in time. However, he assured that it would be completed by March 2018.