Srinagar, Jan 17: Government on Wednesday said that devastating floods and the unrest in Kashmir delayed the execution of maternity and Child Care Hospital at Bemina area of Srinagar.
“The execution of Maternity Hospital, Bemina Srinagar and Children Hospital, Bemina, Srinagar Was taken up during the year 2012-13 and 2015-16 under central assistance at a cost of Rs.50 crore and Rs.25 crore respectively,” said Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat while replying to a written question by the MLA Batamaloo.
However, he said, the normal work on the project was restarted after a period of more than a year after floods, he said.
Later, the minister according to GNS said, the ‘law & order’ situation during the 2016 forced the labour class to leave the Valley thereby, putting the construction work at halt. “The funds released for the purpose during that year 2016-17 remained unutilized and were then revalidated through the Finance Department for its utilization during the financial year 201-18,” he said.
He added: “These circumstances resulted in the meagre release of grants by GOI. But during the current financial year 2017-18, full funds for completion of works at Maternity Hospital has been approved by GOI under Prime Minister’s Development Programme. The same shall be released to the concerned HOD, once sanction is received from the Finance Department”, he said.
The Maternity Hospital was likely to be completed during the financial year 2018-19 while as the children Hospital will be completed during the year 2019-20, subject to availability of funds. (GNS)