Delay in construction raised hospital cost up to Rs 17.5 crore
The cost of setting up the 100-bed Civil Hospital in the city escalated to R17.5 crore —nearly double than its estimated cost — due to delay in its constructionindia Updated: Sep 10, 2012 00:58 IST
The cost of setting up the 100-bed Civil Hospital in the city escalated to R17.5 crore —nearly double than its estimated cost — due to delay in its construction
The nine-acre government facility, located in Sector 10 on Farrukhnagar Road, was opened for the public last month.
The cost escalation came to light through an RTI (Right to Information) enquiry.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) had started the construction of the hospital in 2003 at an estimate of Rs 9.5 crore. But the project missed its two-year deadline. In 2005, the estimated cost was increased to around R12 crore.
Later, Rs 2.20 crore was allotted for the construction of staff quarters, the RTI reply said, adding that the cost of construction was increased to Rs 17.5 crore three years later.
“The delay can be because of several reasons — change in design, plan, among other factors. The issue is very old. All this happened about eight years ago,” said Parveen Kumar, Huda administrator, Gurgaon.
The applicant had sought information about Huda’s role in the delay, reasons behind the increase in construction cost and the period when Huda agreed to increase the estimate.
The hospital has about five doctors and one out patient department (OPD). The OPD was started on August 15 this year.