Unsafe health dept buildings put lives of staff, visitors at risk

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2015 12:54 IST
The unsafe building of the health department at the zila parishad complex in Ludhiana. (Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

Declared unsafe over a decade ago, the buildings of the civil surgeon office on Hambran Road and the health department’s anti-malaria wing situated at zila parishad complex are still being used, putting the lives of the employees and visitors in jeopardy.

It was more than 10 years ago when the public works department (PWD) had declared these buildings unsafe but the authorities concerned are yet to do the needful.

Broken doors and leakage in ceilings are a common sight at the civil surgeon office and the condition of storeroom has almost worsened with iron bars clearly visible.

The situation is no different at the anti-malaria wing and medicine room at the zila parishad complex. The building is in a shambles. Several employees are working in various branches of the health department at the complex, who claim they are gripped by fear as the structures can fall anytime which have been declared unsafe officially. This office comes under the purview of the Ludhiana civil surgeon.

A visitor at the zila parishad complex building said the health department needs to take it seriously as putting several lives at risk brings to fore their apathetic attitude. “PWD had declared the building unsafe more than 10 years ago and it seems the authorities concerned are waiting for tragedy to happen,” he added.

It may be recalled that a few years ago, the corridor at the civil surgeon’s office had fallen after heavy rainfall.

When contacted, Ludhiana Zila Parishad chairman Bhag Singh Mangar said the office had written to the authorities concerned about it and they hope the needful will be done soon.

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