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Elevators at LD Hospital defunct for years, Govt unmoved
1/21/2018 10:47:14 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Jan 21: In an example of lackadaisical approach, authorities at Kashmir's lone maternity hospital have kept elevators defunct in the new four storey building and the executing agency seems in no mood in repairing them.
People who visit L D Hospital, are facing immense inconveniences due to callous approach of the authorities as they have failed to repair the defunct elevators.
The defunct elevators force patients including pregnant ladies and caesarean patients to climb up staircases for several stories. "The patients unable to climb the stairs are escorted on wheelchairs," an official said. The official said that authorities at the hospital are showing no interest in repairing elevators.
The elevators, which had been installed in the LD Hospital by Mechanical Division of Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) Limited in 2015 had developed technical snag immediately after installation. "The firm which installed the elevators did not have the requisite eligibility and it managed the contract only after greasing the palms of Deputy General Manager (DGM) Mechanical Division JKPCC and with the blessings of then MD JKPCC Dileep Thusso," sources said.
The official said that there should be a vigilance probe into the matter. "Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Education Minister Altaf Bukhari should take this issue serious and not only order the executing agency to take up necessary repairs, but also order a probe by Vigilance Organisation to expose and punish the guilty."
The issued had echoed last time in the state Assembly, where an opposition MLA had asked the government to investigate the "scam" and make Mechanical Unit of JKPCC answerable for faulty lifts.
After the problem was reported, the then R&B Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari ordered a probe and also attached the DGM Mechanical Division in December 2015. "The DGM with the blessings of tainted MD not only managed to get back the prize posting, but was also given additional charge of Electric Division," they revealed.
"As Bukhari was shifted from R&B portfolio, the subsequent ministers were either kept in dark by the JKPCC higher ups or they did not want to take action against the guilty.
An official working at LD hospital said they don't understand why the executing agency has not been able to make the elevators functional even after three years after installation. "The politics of shielding the corrupt is something which has become a norm in Kashmir. But at such a sensitive place like LD hospital where it is matter of somebody's life and death, the insensitivities of the authorities are shocking," he rued.
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