GMC Baramulla sees only 30% upgrade in teaching facility

MC facing issues in land acquisition for expansion

Irfan Tramboo
Srinagar, Apr 1: Set up in 2019, the upgrading of the teaching facility at the District Hospital, which is now the Associated Hospital of Government Medical College (GMC) Baramulla, has achieved only 30 percent completion with nearly 50 percent of the total allocated funds utilized so far.
According to details available with Excelsior, the estimated cost of the work has been stated as Rs 30 crores, of which Rs 26 crores have been released under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP)
Out of the amount that has been released for the work, the details state, Rs 13.85 crores have been utilized so far, leaving over Rs 12 crores unspent out of the total funds released.
The official details state that other works which are ongoing under the PMDP and have achieved 95 percent and 75 percent completion so far include the upgrading of the District Hospital Baramulla to the Associated Hospital and the overall works of GMC Baramulla.
Regarding the estimated cost, the upgrading of the District Hospital Baramulla to the Associated Hospital comes at a cost of Rs 65.89 crores, of which Rs 60.92 crores have been released and already Rs 60 crores have been utilized, taking the overall progress to 95 percent.
Further, details state, in terms of the overall works of GMC Baramulla, the estimated cost under the PMDP is Rs 109 crores of which 100 percent of the funds have been utilized, taking the physical progress of the work to 75 percent.
On the other hand, concerning the works which are going on at GMC Baramulla under the Capex Budget, the details state that a total of 16 such works are in progress, of which the DPR has been received for 13 works.
At the same time, of these works, 13 have been accorded administrative approval while 3 works have been completed and 5 are nearing completion. “In terms of financial status, so far, Rs 5.6 crore has been released, of which Rs 3.2 crores have been spent,” officials said.
The officials, on the other hand, also highlighted issues which they are facing regarding planning and budget. Concerning planning, it has been stated that there has been no takeover of projects by JKPCC/R&B and hindrances in the acquisition of land for the expansion of hospital services.
Excelsior was told that these services are envisioned in the form of a separate Bone & Joint block, psychiatric block, Ayush, ICTC, and other services, however, turning out to be difficult in view of hindrances.
“The issues also include a lack of hostels for residents, non-gazetted staff, B.Sc. Paramedics, B.Sc. Nursing, and interns,” officials said.
Regarding the issues faced in terms of finances, it has been noted that there is also a deficient budgetary provision for Nursing College, AMC, M&R head. “There is also a deficit budget for outsourced manpower.”

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