gurvinder singh
KOLKATA, 17 JUNE: The SSKM hospital officials have ordered removal of the air-conditioners installed illegally at Post Graduate Trainee (PGT) hostel for students of Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research (IPGMER).
The decision was taken following a report published in The Statesman on 22 May (see snapshot) that mentioned how the post-graduate students have been enjoying the cool breeze of the air-conditioners at the expense of the state-aid hospital reeling under power crisis. 
Confirming that electronic gadgets would soon be removed, the medical superintendent of the hospital Mr Tamal Kanti Ghosh said, the authorities have decided to remove the air-conditioners as soon as possible as they cause an unnecessary burden on the power consumption of the hospital.
"A circular would soon be issued directing the students for removal of the gadgets and thereafter surprise checks would be conducted to catch the offenders ," he added. He further said, the electrical department has already been asked to make necessary preparation to unfix the gadgets. 
The Statesman in its report had mentioned that how the post-graduate students of  IPGMER had installed the air-conditioners in their rooms throwing to the wind the regular advisories issued by the electrical department for their removal due to excess power consumption and danger of an inferno in the absence of fire-fighting equipment in the six-storey hostel.  Officials of electrical departemnet on condition of anonymity hailed the decision, but called it a delayed step: " We had informed the authorities a numerous times, but to no avail. Finally, the decision has been taken." 
Earlier, the director of the SSKM had agreed of the electrical gadgets fixed illegally but cited his helplessness to crack the whip. "Who have told them to install the air-conditioners? They do it themselves. We often remove them with the help of police, only to be re-installed later, "said Dr Pradip Mitra, the director of the hospital.