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Hospitals’ contract terminated

Malda, March 28: The state health department has terminated the contract awarded to a private builder to construct new buildings for three medical colleges, including one in Malda, because of the failure to complete the work on time.

“The state government had an agreement with Punj Lloyd in 2010 for the construction of Malda Medical College and Hospital, the College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital in Kamarhati in North 24-Parganas and the Murshidabad Medical College. The agreement was that they would finish the work in 17 months,” said Saibal Mukherjee, the principal of Malda Medical College and Hospital.

“The construction for the Malda hospital began in 2011 June. Even though 40 months have gone, the construction has not been completed,” he said. Mukherjee said the academic building, the outpatient building, the hostels and staff quarters were not completed.

The managing director of the West Bengal Medical College Service Corporation, Atanu Roy, had sent the construction company a letter on March 26, terminating the contract.

Susanta Banerjee, the director of medical education, said the agreement had been terminated because of the delay in completing the construction of several blocks of the Malda Medical College and Hospital. “We have terminated the agreement with the private builder and have asked him to furnish the details of what they have done so far by April 20. We will look for a new builder after the elections are over,” he said. The state had allotted Rs 264 crore for the constructions at the three medical colleges.

S. Subramaniam, the project manager at the Malda construction site, said: “I have heard our contract has been terminated. That is all I can say.”