After a delay of three years, the new building of Nawanshahr civil hospital will finally open for the public on September 9 this year. The plan has been hanging fire because of a land acquisition row and has missed several deadlines in the past too.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who had laid the foundation stone of the hospital on March 28, 2011, along with the then state health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, will inaugurate the new building.
The health department has already started shifting new machines and other equipment from the storeroom of the old building to the new one.
The administration and health officials had put the blame of the delay on a land acquisition row. The hospital needed land for carving out a 60-foot wide road to directly connect the hospital with GT Road.
But now, work on carpeting the new road near the hospital is almost complete while, a road adjoining the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway will be carpeted after inauguration. A grant for the same has been sanctioned to the public works department.
The new building is a 100-bed facility, double the capacity of the old one which had only 50 beds. Many new services including digital X-ray, sick new born care unit, rapid crisis cell for sexual violence and harassment victims, five operation theatres will be offered from the new building at affordable rates.
The new building will also have a blood bank facility, four operation theatres and a fire hydrant system. The blood bank facility was being run from the Banga civil hospital and will now be shifted to the new building.
Civil surgeon Dharam Pal said, "We have received an e-mail from the office of the chief minister about his programme on September 9 and have started preparations for the same.
According to information available, construction of the new building started in December 2010 and it was to be completed in a year at the cost of `14.36 crore but land acquisition and repeated delays escalated its cost.
In October last year, the state government had sanctioned `62 lakh for acquiring the land to widen the main road leading to the new building of the civil hospital.
Around seven acres were required to widen the road due to which, many deadlines were missed. The process of land acquisition, including fixing land rates, paying compensation to land owners etc, took almost seven months. The building was scheduled to be inaugurated in November 2012 but was postponed to February 2013 and then to September last year.