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Crores to go down the drain as block C of govt dental college remains incomplete

Mehakdeep Grewal, Hindustan Times  Patiala, December 03, 2013
First Published: 19:58 IST(3/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:51 IST(3/12/2013)

Crores of rupees are set to go down the drain due to the  non-completion of the proposed four-storeyed block C of the Government Dental College here as even the two floors, which were constructed a year ago, remain unoccupied and have started to show signs of cracking because of water seepage.

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Moreover, the half constructed building has also become a dumping ground as garbage heaps are seen all around the building.

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The institute was proposed to consist of A, B and C blocks. The construction of blocks A and B was completed in 1994. However, as the college lacked the space for the department of oral surgery, which included UG section, male/female wards, auditorium, lecture and operation theatre and canteen.

In 2003, the Directorate of Research and Medical Education (DRME), Punjab, in a letter dated September 25, 2003 gave administrative approval for Rs. 224.62 lakh for the completion of block C to house the department of oral surgery and others.

But the work on the block was actually started in 2010-11 after a sum of Rs. 164.94 lakh  was received. But till then the cost of construction had escalated a lot and the approved funds were not sufficient to complete the work.

Sources revealed that a revised estimate of Rs. 511.32 lakh for block C was sent to DRME on September 17, 2010 for administrative approval.

On July 17, 2012, the DRME sanctioned a sum of Rs. 23.33 lakh and Rs. 00.40 crore on August 28, 2012 for its construction. But the funds proved insufficient to complete the building.

An official seeking anonymity said, "Now the cost of construction has escalated further over the decade and now the authorities have demanded sanction of Rs. 400.00 lakh on grounds for expansion of the college and remove the objections of the dental council of India."

As the funds are unavailable so far the work on the remaining two upper floors remains held up.

Principal of the college Dr Vipin Bharti refused to comment on the matter.

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