Delhi Lieutenant Governor, VK Saxena, has written a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing the issue of “inordinately delayed” hospital projects in the national capital. The letter alleges that the government’s intention has been to create “publicity-supported hype” rather than focusing on timely project completion. Saxena highlights the delayed construction of a new hospital in Siraspur and the addition of beds in existing hospitals like Lok Nayak, Guru Gobind Singh, Dr BS Ambedkar, Rao Tula Ram, and Aruna Asaf Ali, which have been delayed for over three years.
Major Hospital Projects Face Significant Delays, Impacting Bed Availability
The letter emphasizes the significant delays in major hospital projects, such as the Indira Gandhi Hospital, which started in 2012-13 but remains incomplete even after ten years. Similarly, the Bhagwan Mahavir, Aruna Asaf Ali, and Deep Chand Bandhu hospitals, initiated in 2019 with a completion target of 2020, have experienced considerable hold-ups with no fixed completion dates. The delayed projects have resulted in a shortage of beds and have affected the capacity to provide healthcare services to the people of Delhi, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lack of Execution and Delayed Projects Undermine Public Health Infrastructure
VK Saxena emphasizes the importance of execution over mere announcements and criticizes the government for focusing on publicity rather than ensuring timely project completion. He points out that the current situation reflects a significant disparity between the government’s claims of a robust public health infrastructure and the actual ground reality. Despite the exponential growth of Delhi’s population, the addition of beds and infrastructure in existing hospitals lags behind for inexplicable reasons, posing a grave concern for the national capital.
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