CONDITIONS CREATED TO FAVOUR CONTRACTORS FOR EXTRANEOUS CONSIDERATION
Such officers deserve criminal prosecution
PGI planned construction of 250 Bedded Hospital, National Institute of Paremedical Sciences and Hostels with original budget sanction of Rs. 92 crore for Civil, Public Health and Electrical Work. The new building when ready will cater to the patients coming to the Departments of Oncology, Hepatology, Endocrinology and ENT. This new hospital will have 80 private wards and 09 modern modular operation theatres.
The work was awarded to CPWD under Deposit Work Scheme in 2009. Rs. 52 crore were given to CPWD in 2010-11 to start work. The work was awarded and Rs. 52 crore paid to CPWD but no Environment Clearance was obtained. The Institute took 2-3 years to get Environment Clearance.
On 6th July, 2013, the Foundation Stone was laid by the then UHM. Though, the Civil Work started and initial structure came up but no plan was made for Electrical, Fire Fighting, DG Set, Air-conditioning, Gas Plant and 15 other allied works, therefore, the civil and public health work came to a grinding halt about 6-7 months back.
In the meantime, Institute decided to drop the idea of constructing NIPS. However, CPWD did not take steps under terms and conditions of Award Letter to cancel the work to Contractor.
Though, Institute had already paid Rs. 52 crore in 2010-2011 but now the Contractor has filed a claim of Rs. 12 crore as damages and the arbitration proceedings have started.
It is highly unfortunate that poor patients are asked to fetch even syringes, needles, gloves and other materials and staff is denied their dues but Officers create such conditions with extraneous considerations, where Contractor are benefited.
DPGI in his every speech on Republic Day and Independence Day never failed since 2011 to make tall claims and take credits on these alleged achievements but ground reality is quite different.
The Tax-Payers and National funds are wasted by corrupt and callous PGI Administration beside delay in dedicating the services of these projects to Nation to bring desired relief to general public.
Shame is small and light word for such a corrupt Administration.