Paying scant regard to the safety of patients, the new OPD block of the Sector-16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital is functioning without getting clearance from the fire department.
The block is yet to receive a No Objection Certificate from the fire safety department, but a number of departments have already started functioning from the new building.
The building houses the departments of surgery, orthopaedics, medicine, paediatrics, ENT, eye, skin and physiotherapy, which witness heavy rush of patients everyday, is yet to be inaugurated formally.
Though fire cabinets can be seen installed around the building, hoses in the cabinets are lying unattached.
Earlier, the fire department had pointed out some violations in the building, but some departments were shifted to the new building without rectifying the defaults.
The fire department had pointed out that the corridor connecting the emergency wing with the OPD block would act as a hindrance for the fire tender to reach the central sterile supply department (CSSD).
This department houses the autoclave unit of the hospital where surgical instruments and linens are sterilised at a very high temperature. Besides, the nursery where newborns are shifted is also located next to the CSSD on the upper floor.
In case of an emergency, it will be impossible to reach there because of the location of both the units.
Chief fire officer of UT Rajiv Gupta said they were not liable if the hospital authorities have started the operations from the building without getting adequate approvals.
On being asked about the fire safety measures the new building must have, Gupta asked to contact the fire station officer (FSO).
However, the fire station officer said he was ignorant about the fire safety measures needed in the building.
Fire station officer ML Sharma said fire safety measures depend on the building measurements such as its height. He added that he had received a letter for its inspection and it would be completed in a day or two.
Medical superintendent of the hospital Dr Rajiv Vadhera said, "The building has not been officially inaugurated and the UT engineering department has not handed over the building to us as yet. Besides, there is still some work which is pending. We will inaugurate the building after the work is completed."
Chief engineer of UT SK Chaddha said, "I am not aware whether the building has been handed over to the hospital authorities or not."