A CAG report tabled in the Vidhan Sabha on Friday declared that an overlooking of structural safety during the construction of the Maternal Child Health Unit at the Pannadhay located Old Hospital building in Udaipur cost the exchequer Rs 10.47 Crore in additional costs.
As per the report, construction of the 1000 bed maternal child health unit at the government hospital in Udaipur was included in the 2012-13 state programme implementation plan under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
The mission director at NRHM issues an administrative sanction in 2012 for construction of the MCH unit with 7,095sq meter, for which a financial sanction of Rs 15.27 was given. This was revised a year later to Rs 17.64 Crore.
Inspite of the committee agreeing to obtain a structural safety certificate from PWD,, the contract was issued without any safety assessment. The technical committee also assessed that the walls of the building were more than half a century old and another floor was not feasible.
The project was anyway given to another contractor and the remaining work was completed in 2016 with an additional cost of Rs 10.47 crore. Howevder the cracks have developed after less than 5 years of construction and the building was declared unsafe.
Source: Media Reports