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Nawanshahr civil hospital to shift to the new building by month end

Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, July 06, 2014
First Published: 23:52 IST(6/7/2014) | Last Updated: 23:53 IST(6/7/2014)

The Nawanshahr civil hospital will shift to the new building at Barnala Kalan village on the Nawanshahr-Chandigarh road by the end of this month.

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The inauguration of the new building has been delayed by last two and half years while having missed several deadlines in the past as well.

The administration and health officials put the blame on land acquisition, which they needed for carving out a 60-foot wide road to directly connect the hospital with the GT Road.

The state health department started shifting new machines and other equipment from the storeroom of the old building to the new one a few days ago. The work on the new road is also in full swing on the acquired land.

The road construction, which could have been started last week, was held due to bad weather and pre-monsoon showers. But now, the weather is clean and hopefully carpeting of the road will start this week only.

The new building is a 100-beded facility, double the capacity of old one which had only 50 beds.
The construction on the new building was started in December 2010 and it was to be completed in a year at the cost of Rs. 14.36 crore but land acquisition and repeated delays escalated its cost.
The new building will have a blood-bank facility, an opioid substitution treatment centre, four operation theatres, fire hydrant system besides others facilities.

The blood bank facility was run from the Banga civil hospital which will shifted to the new building.

The department has also applied for power connection for the new building which will be installed within 10 days, officials said.

Civil surgeon Dr Dharam Pal said, “We started shifting the machines and others material to the new building few days back. Hopefully, we will start operating from the new building by the last week of this month.”

In October last year, the state government had sanctioned Rs. 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, it has been learnt. Officials said the process of land acquisition, including fixing land rates, paying compensation to land owners etc, took almost five to six months.

The building of the civil hospital was scheduled to be inaugurated in November 2012 but was postponed to February 2013 and then to September last year.

According to information, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had laid the foundation stone of the civil hospital building on March 28, 2011, along with the then state health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla.

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