statesman news service
KOLKATA, 28 JUNE: A trauma centre planned to come up at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital is yet to become functional two years after the construction began with much fanfare.
The six-storey centre with 160 beds was claimed to be the first-of-its kind in the eastern region. There were also plans to build a helipad which was later shelved due to the non-availability of space. The government had claimed that the health care centre would be of a major help in the neighbouring states.
At present, the construction work is stuck halfway with officials concerned citing financial crunch for the project hitting the muddy waters.
"We have been waiting for the funds to get the work completed. The work has definitely got delayed due to the financial problem," said Mr P Banerjee, Principal, RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.
He added, around Rs 35 crore has already been spent in the-50 crore project and the cost would escalate due to the electrification that is required to be done.
"The pending work has prevented us from buying equipment which could develop snag if not used for a long time."
The priority is to get the work completed soon. We are already a year behind the scheduled date of March last year, but we hope to throw the trauma center open to the public by the
end of this year, added Mr Banerjee.
People visiting the hospital, however, doubted the assurances of the health official. "They have already missed the deadline and going by the tardy pace of work it seems unlikely that the work would be completed by this year," quipped Mr Ajit Shaw, who had come to meet his ailing relative.