Shopian: Even after elapsing of 30 years, the authorities in Shopian district have failed to complete construction work of new type primary health centre (NTPHC) in the Imamsahib area.
Locals said that residents of Imamsahib and around 30 adjacent villages are facing health care problems in absence of health care facilities in the area.
Locals said that the centre was sanctioned in the area in the year 1982 but due to callous attitude of authorities, the building of the centre is still waiting for completion.
“The slab of the ist storey was laid in the year 2018 after a gap of many years but since the work has been halted again,” said Rashid Ahmad, a local resident while adding that the incomplete structure has started decaying before giving any relief to the locals in the area.
“In absence of basic health care facilities we are forced to visit other hospitals which costs us more time and money,” locals said.
They said that similar centres that were sanctioned after 2010 are functional but due to unknown reasons, this one has been abandoned.
They said that NTPHC is currently functioning in a small rented building where only one doctor is posted and has no facilities else than first aid.
“This area was ignored on all development fronts by successive governments and the same is the approach of the governor administration,” locals said.
Officials said that execution agency R&B and contactor had some issues for a long time which now have been settled.
Chief Medical Officer Shopian, Dr Ramesh Malla said that he will seek a report from the concerned officials.
He assured that the centre will be completed at the earliest—(KNO)