BMC’s proposal takes hospital redevelopment bill to Rs 110 crore
The cost of redeveloping Shatabi hospital in Kandivli has ballooned to a whopping Rs110 crore, going by a proposal moved in the civic standing committee on Monday.
After the BMC cleared a tender worth Rs 46.43 crores for redevelopment of the hospital in 2006, Monday’s proposal seeks another Rs68.41 crore to convert Shatabdi into a super-specialty hospital.
The surge in cost has prompted the Opposition to demand a review of the work done on the hospital so far. Sheetal Mhatre, Congress corporator and standing committee member has demanded a field visit to the hospital to review the work, before sanctioning any more funds.
Standing committee member and Congress corporator Asif Zakaria said that civil work on nearly 3.02 lakh sq.ft of the 3.13 lakh sq.ft of the project area is complete. "BMC will spend around Rs18.36 crore on the civil work of the remaining 10,000 sq.ft. Are we going to spend Rs 18,000 per sq.ft?" he asked.
The new proposal seeks Rs39.97 crore for electrical works of the hospital, which is to have four storeys and as many wings. Rs 4.43 crore have been allotted for maintenance alone.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar, however, justified the revised redevelopment bill. "Seventy percent of the scope of work in the new tender is of mechanical and electrical work, and civil work," she said.