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Govt hurdles likely to delay reopening of Amri-dhakuria

Subhendu Maiti, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, August 16, 2013
First Published: 12:34 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 12:41 IST(16/8/2013)

At a time when Emami is planning to set up a 500-bed multi-specialty hospital under the AMRI brand in Rajarhat, the company is still grappling to get nod for reopening its Dhakuria unit.

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While additional director general (fire services) DP Tarenia claimed to have submitted the fire inspection report of all units of the hospital to fire services minister Javed Khan, the minister himself denies receiving any such report.

“We have submitted a thorough inspection report of all units of the hospital to the minister. I do not know what fire safety arrangements have been mentioned in the inspection report,” Tarenia told HT.

Khan, who was in a denial mode, said, “I have not received any such inspection report on AMRI Hospital. I have to check it with my department. Following the fire in AMRI, our fire safety audit committee is conducting inspections in all hospitals.”

This delay has irked AMRI authorities.

In a recently held programme, Aditya V Agarwal, director of Emami, had said, “In the interest of the common people, the hospital should be allowed to reopen.”

Joint chairman of Emami Group RS Agarwal also didn’t sound optimistic on the hospital’s reopening. “Since it was an accident, it was God’s will. So, only God can help us to reopen the it,” he had said.

The hospital management had requested the health department to give clinical clearance after verifying the fire-safety report.

Executives of the company had started the process of reopening the hospital in 2012 by meeting officials of the clinical establishment cell at Swasthya Bhavan.

The state fire services officials made inspections at the Dhakuria unit at least on four occasions.

The management has already installed fireproof exit doors to arrest any inferno for at least four hours.

The fire alarms, which did not work during the tragedy, have also already been replaced.

Autoglow signs are also being installed at various points in the hospital building to help patients, visitors and employees during emergency.

Ninety-three people, including patients, nurses and others were choked to death after a fire broke out in the six-storied AMRI Dhakuria building on December 9, 2011.


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