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2 projects hanging fire but PGI floats tenders for new ones

Legal dispute between central public works department and contractor led to the delay of 250-bed hospital project, says PGI official.  

punjab Updated: Dec 12, 2017 15:52 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PGI,Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,Chadnigarh hospitals
250-bed hospital project’s cost has nearly doubled from ₹92 crore to over ₹180 crore as it has missed several deadlines in the past seven years.(HT File)

While two of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s (PGIMER) projects—250-bed hospital, PGI pharmacy—are yet to be completed, the institute is gearing up to start other two new projects—the neurosciences centre and the mother and child care centre— from January.

PGIMER senior official said, “Tenders have been floated for the same and there are three offers for each centre. The engineering teams are examining them and a meeting will be held soon to finalise the committee.” He added that the work will be started in a month.

INCOMPLETE PROJECTS

The project of making it a 250-bed hospitalwas approved in 2010 by the Union ministry of health and family welfare but it is still incomplete.

Earlier this year, taking a strict note of the delay, the then Union health secretary CK Mishra had ordered the executing agency, central public works department (CPWD), to finish the project by the year-end.But in vain.

A senior PGIMER officer said, “Of the 16 missing modules, tenders for eight have been floated. By the next month the work will begin. It will take another year for completion.”

He said, “There was a legal dispute between the CPWD and contractor, which led to delay in the work.”

The project cost has nearly doubled from ₹92 crore to over ₹180 crore as it has missed several deadlines in the past seven years.

Why the new building is importantbecause the hospital is crucial as it will share the burden of the Nehru building. It will have 80 private rooms and wards of four departments – ENT, radiotherapy, hepatology and endocrinology – will be shifted to its building.

WHY DELAY

The project was approved in 2010 and allotted it to the CPWD. In 2011, the executing agency contracted out works amounting to ₹52.7 crore. However, the work was stopped in 2013.

“There were two main reasons for the work to stop. The CPWD failed to take environmental clearance and an objection was raised by the Union ministry of environment and forest. Also, the then PGI director Dr YK Chawla found 16 services essential for efficient functioning of the hospital missing from the building plan,” said a PGI official.

With these additions, the construction cost escalated and the additional grant was approved by the health ministry in January 2017.

The other important project, PGI in-house pharmacy,was to get completed by December 2016 but it still hanging fire. Officials say that it will take another six months to complete.

“There is not much delay. This is the usual time which any project takes,” said Dr Arwind Rajwanshi, who is in-charge of the committee looking after the work of PGI pharmacy.

The pharmacy will be set up at the basement of the Advanced Trauma Centre in PGIMER. “The construction of pharmacy is ready. Now, the engineering department is working on the completion of storage space, which will be there at the drug de-addiction centre,” he said.

The pharmacy will provide drugs at minimum of 50% or more discounts.

NEW PROJECTS

The Union ministry of health and family welfare had approved three projects worth ₹1,475 crore for the PGIMER in August.

The projects are an advanced mother and child centre and advanced neurosciences centre on the Sector-12 campus and a satellite centre at Una in Himachal Pradesh.

MOTHER AND CHILD CENTRE

The 300-bed advanced mother and child centre will come up at ₹485 crore.

According to officials, this state-of-the-art centre will be the first of its kind in the northern region. It will have new facilities like neonatal intensive care unit with advanced services, foetal medicine unit, robotic surgery, human milk bank, advanced infertility services and reproductive endocrinology.

NEUROSCIENCES CENTRE

The ministry had approved ₹495.31 crore for an advanced neurosciences centre.

The 300-bed facility will help offer timely, affordable and the advanced treatment for neurological and neurosciences disorders.Besides increased bed strength, there will be more operation theatres (OTs), intensive care units (ICUs) and ventilators.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 15:51 IST