Mohd Imran Malik/Ganderbal
Even after more than eight years since the project was started the construction of PHC Kullan in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district is yet to be completed as the work was abandoned midway and half-constructed building has been left to decay and it resembles none other than a ghost place now.
A proposed two-story building was to be constructed in around 2012 but after spending crores of rupees on its work only the ground floor has been constructed, that too is not fully complete.
Currently PHC Kullan is operating from a small old building where there is scarcity of space. Unavailability of bedding space for patients affects normal functioning of the health center very badly and takes a heavy toll on common people.
“We appeal government to initiate some action in this matter as why this crucial project for the area was left midway”. Said Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, a local resident.
“People of the area face hardships in the absence of adequate health facilities.” He added.
People in the area claim to have repeatedly raised this issue with the concerned authorities but it all went to the deaf ears.
Sarpanch Kullan-A, Dilshada Begum while talking to this reporter said that people of area from Sarbal (Sonamarg) to Kullan are dependent on this particular health center and especially during winters. She demanded early completion of the building so that PHC Kullan can function in a hassle free manner.
When this matter was bring into the notice of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Ganderbal, Dr. Mehraj-u-din Sofi he revealed that, “Due to the lack of funds its work is currently suspended. We have urged our higher ups to put it into the languishing projects list for further funding. Once the funding gets released the work will be restarted.