Fund crunch hits IGIMS medical college project in Patna
Delay by the Bihar government in releasing funds has brought work on the building to a standstill.patna Updated: Feb 19, 2017 16:55 IST
The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) may miss its revised deadline for completion of its medical college building before the commencement of the new academic session from August 1 this year.
Construction activity at the IGIMS is yet to gather momentum owing to delay in release of funds by the state government, despite the Patna high court order in November 2016 to complete it within the following 10 months, that is, by September 2017.
If sources are to be believed, the agency assigned the project has completed 60-70% work. However, delay in release of government funds, litigation and objection by the National Green Tribunal have delayed the project, the first phase of which was to be completed in 20 months after initiation of work in October 2013.
The firm has so far got two extensions — first, for six months and then, for another 10 months, in November after a favourable order by the Patna high court.
Sources said, bills worth at least Rs 6 crore of Cico Patel, the construction agency, are pending for want of government funds.
The IGIMS, however, disputes it. “The firm has not submitted some papers, including test reports of work completed and an undertaking that it will complete the remaining work in 10 months, the revised deadline prescribed by the high court,” said an IGIMS source.
Cico Patel, the construction agency, has been tasked with the Rs 586-crore project for construction of medical college, 500-bed hospital, college of nursing, separate boys and girls hostels, 32 residential flats for doctors and some internal roads.
The project has two parts — the first phase of Rs 151-crore comprising construction of a six-storey medical college building. Remaining construction activities are to be taken up in the second phase.
The state cabinet had given nod to the Rs 586-crore project in 2011. However, so far the government has released only Rs 45 crore, stymying IGIMS development.
Dissatisfied with the pace of construction work, the IGIMS administration had initiated a move to terminate the Mumbai-based firm’s contract, but it got relief from the HC.
“The IGIMS board of governors has ratified the court decision and given the construction firm 10 months to complete the first phase of the project, but there has been hardly any visible progress in the last three months since the HC order,” IGIMS superintendent Dr PK Sinha said.