In November 2007, almost a decade after Dwarka came into existence, Chief Minister Delhi Sheila Dikshit had announced a multi-specialty 750-bedded hospital.
Estimated at Rs 350 crore, the hospital was to be built on 15 acres of land in Dwarka in three years’ time.
More than three years have passed since the announcement, not a brick has been laid.
In this year’s budget too the hospital figures as a decision, waiting to be implemented.
The state government has now announced the decision to set up three 200-bedded hospitals at Vikaspuri, Burari and Ambedkar Nagar in the coming year. The government also has seven smaller hospitals in the pipeline.
This year, the health budget allocation has seen a marginal one per cent increase from Rs 1,019 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 1,243 in 2010-11.
“The budget has been brought under some financial constraints. Looking at the current fiscal situation, I think we’ve got a fair share,” said Kiran Walia, Delhi’s health minister.