Karnal medical college: slow firm may be fast out

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2014 19:34 IST

The dismal work progress of one of the private companies contracted to build Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) here threatens disapproval for classes, so the Haryana government is thinking of scrapping its contract.

The college authorities have assessed the work of Mumbai's Supreme Infrastructure (SI) to be "far from satisfactory" and on a standstill for four months. SI's Rs 137-crore project is to construct a seven-floor teaching block, an eight-storey hostel, and a 10-level residential complex for teachers.

The work of the other construction companies engaged was adjudged satisfactory. Last week, legal experts from HSCC (Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation, a central government agency that the state government has hired for expert advice on healthcare infrastructure development), state's legal remembrancer (LR), and college director Dr Surendra Kashyap sat to discuss the SI's slow work progress. "SI had serious financial issues and the work on a few sites was stalled completely," Dr Kashyap said here on Monday.

"SI's poor performance has hurt the hospital's chances of putting up its case before the Medical Council of India (MCI) for mandatory approvals to run the classes. The state government is aware of the situation of and the LR is reviewing it. The state government will take a final call on the fate of the contract with SI," said the director.

In May, the construction agencies had suggested awarding SI's contract to another private player to speed up the work but bureaucracy put the decision on hold, since the last Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime was at the end of its term. Sources said hiring a new company would take another few months, since it would require fresh bidding.

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