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Handover hitch ails hospital

All is not well at Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad.

Although an upset Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended an MBBS seat slash from 100 to 50 at the lone state-run heal hub in the coal town, the authorities don’t seem to have learnt a lesson.

A glaring example of apathy is that the state has been delaying handover of two important buildings — a library-cum-examination hall and an auditorium complex — to the hospital.

The two facilities — both constructed by the engineering cell of the state health and family welfare department for Rs 10.5 crore — were to be handed over to PMCH by the end of 2013. Construction work was over two months ago, but handover is awaited.

Speaking to The Telegraph, college principal P.K. Senger said both facilities would help improve infrastructure of the institute and overcome inadequacies pointed out by the MCI team.

“We have raised the issue of delay on several occasions. We also placed the matter before joint secretary of health and family welfare department B.K. Singh when he visited the coal capital on Saturday,” said Senger.

Asked about the delay, junior engineer Prem Thakur said there had been deviations from the original design of the buildings. “The contractor had to carry out some dismantling work due to which costs escalated. We have submitted a report to the health and family welfare department. The buildings will be handed over as and when the report is approved,” said Thakur.

Chief engineer of the department A.K. Singh, however, said they would try their best to hand over the twin buildings as soon as possible. “I will personally look into the matter,” he added.

The four-storey library-cum-examination hall built at a cost of around Rs 7 crore will house a cafeteria, a kitchen and a sprawling parking lot on the ground floor. The first floor has been allocated for the main library, while the second floor will be used as a reading room with a seating capacity of 100. The third floor will have three examination halls and a guest chamber. The existing library of the college is spread over only 700sqft.

Principal Senger said once they get the new complex, digitisation of books and journals would be carried out.

The new auditorium, constructed at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore, can boast a seating capacity of 500. The two-storey building will be used for organising national-level seminar.

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