Over delay in the air conditioning of the OPD block of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, the doctors of the institute have turned the heat on engineers of the institute.
According to sources at the PGIMER, in the general body meeting of the institute’s faculty association recently, a resolution was unanimously passed that till the time OPD’s air conditioning is not complete, the entire engineering department should be deprived of the same, so that they understand the ‘plight’ of the doctors and the patients.
The association said the members were aggrieved with the pace of work for the air conditioning of the OPD complex. “It is inhuman for the patients as well as the doctors to stay in a closed area without the facility of air conditioning,” the association said.
The association said the committee formed for OPD’s air conditioning had met only once in the past one year and even a decision to appoint a consultant had not been taken till now. “The general body was agitated with this callous attitude of the engineering department. The air-conditioning work should start by July 2015 and be completed within six months,” the association said.
Significantly, the OPD building was made functional around one-and-half decades back sans air-conditioning facility. However, the new advanced centres, including cardiac, eye and trauma, were centrally airconditioned.
The OPD block has about 20,000 visitors on any given day, including 8,000 patients. Such a large footfall virtually turns the building into an oven in the peak summers. So far, the building has aircooling system which doesn’t work in monsoons.
As per an assessment made by the PGIMER engineering wing, the entire project will cost about `12 crore. As per the deadline fixed last year, the work should have been complete by March this year.