Tender released, but will PMU meet deadline?
IT IS more than a month that a decision to overhaul the state?s biggest health facility ? the MY Hospital ? here was taken but its only on Tuesday that the tender for the work planned to be completed by March 31, 2007 was released.india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 00:55 IST
IT IS more than a month that a decision to overhaul the state’s biggest health facility — the MY Hospital — here was taken but its only on Tuesday that the tender for the work planned to be completed by March 31, 2007 was released.
The question now is — will the ‘Project Management Unit’ (PMU), specially convened for the repairs and painting work, meet the deadline?
The decision to form the PMU headed by Collector Vivek Aggarwal was taken on November 6 during the executive council meeting of the autonomous body of the MGM Medical College, which was presided over by Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das.
Although it was decided at the meeting that the MGM Medical College and the MY Hospital would get a face-lift by way of overall repairs and a fresh coat of paint, but just three days later on November 9, Aggarwal toured the entire MY Hospital premises and zeroed in on repairing seepage, drainage, leakage and white washing of the entire premises from inside and outside as part of the overhauling.
A consultant was appointed to chalk out a plan, which was to be implemented by Indore Development Authority (IDA) and not the Public Works Department (PWD).
“We have prepared a detailed estimate and found about every possible pipeline, ducts and every thing. The work is huge. Cutting down costs on various heads, we have brought down the overall work to Rs 1.47 crore,” according to SDM Chandramauli Shukla, who has been entrusted the project.
Work would be carried out only in the main building, including the OPD. As against what was decided at the meeting earlier, no other works are being planned within this project as of now.
Asked when would the work start? Shukla told Hindustan Times, “Its only today that we have issued NIT (Notice Inviting Tenders) for the work. The process generally takes one month and the work should start soon after that.”
It is anybody’s guess then when would the work finish?
However, Aggarwal, who is in Delhi, seemed upbeat about the whole project. Asked if he thinks the project would be completed on time, “Yes, I am sure, we would meet the deadline,” Aggarwal told over phone.
Earlier it was decided that the overhauling would include external building repairs, electrical and drainage repairs and painting etc among other things. It was also decided to pull down old dilapidated buildings declared dangerous by the Public Works Department and construct new OPDs in the available space. The place can also house the staff residential quarters.
The new self-financed School of Physiotherapy was planned to be constructed over a sprawling 166000 sq feet area at a cost of Rs one crore in the MY premises itself.