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March deadline for AIIMS hospital
- HC asks Centre to ensure health hub construction is over this fiscal

The high court on Wednesday directed the Centre to get the construction work of the hospital of All India Institute of Medical Sciences completed by March 2013.

The court issued the directive to the central government after expressing its displeasure over its affidavit, stating that the construction of AIIMS-Patna could only be completed by March 2014. In its affidavit, the Centre had stated that the construction of a part of the super speciality hospital could be over in December 2013. The other portion would be ready in March 2014, it added.

The division bench, comprising Justice Prakash Chandra Verma and Justice Aditya Kumar Trivedi, took strong exception to the deadlines set by the Centre while hearing a PIL filed by an NGO Council for Protection of Public Right and Welfare through its counsel Brajesh Kumar, seeking expeditious completion of JPNAIIMS.

The bench monitoring the AIIMS project also directed the managing director of BL Kashyap & Company the firm entrusted with the job of construction of the AIIMS-Patna super speciality hospital at Phulwarisharif to appear before it on December 12, the next date of hearing.

It had directed the managing director of the construction firm to appear before it during the last hearing on November 27 also if he (the MD) was not ashamed of doing so (appearing in the court).

Two senior officials of the construction firm were present during the hearing on Wednesday. But the counsel for the firm submitted that the MD could not appear before the court because he was pre-occupied with other works.