Jahangeer Ganaie

Seven years on, SDH Bijbehara continues to function from ‘unsafe’ building

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Anantnag: Even after a lapse of over seven years since a major flood hit Kashmir in 2014, Sub district hospital in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district continues to function from an ‘unsafe’ building.
Notably, the Sub district hospital Bijbehara got damaged during the 2014 devastating flood after which it was declared unsafe by the R&B department.
Soon after the building was declared unsafe, government approved a new building for the hospital which was to be completed at an estimated cost of 14.47 Cr.
Locals said that since then several years have passed but authorities have failed to complete the new building due to which SDH continues to function from the ‘unsafe’ building.
They said authorities are putting lives of patients, doctors and attendants in danger as Kashmir is prone to earthquakes and building can collapse anytime.
They said that they have brought this issue in notice of higher ups several times but to no avail.
They requested higher ups to look into the matter and complete the new building as soon as possible so that patients won’t suffer anymore.
Meanwhile, a health official said that due to situation after abrogation of article 370 and Covid-19, construction work got delayed.
He added that work is going on in full swing and in next two to three months new building will be completed.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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