2014 Floods: K-Hospitals Suffered Rs 625 Cr Losses; Rs 1458 Cr Earmarked for ICM

Muhammad Raafi

SRINAGAR

SKIMS  submerged in Flood water in Bemina area of Srinagar.
SKIMS submerged in 2014 Flood waters in Bemina area of Srinagar. (KL file Image)

The hospitals in Kashmir division have suffered a loss of Rs 625.78 Crores during the devastating floods of September 2014, the government said on Wednesday.

Giving a breakup of the losses suffered by the hospitals, the government stated that GMC Srinagar and associated hospitals suffered a loss of Rs 267.96 Crores, while SKIMS suffered a loss of Rs 322.74 Crores.

The government also stated that government dental college suffered a loss of Rs 16.50 Crores, while other health institutions under Director Health Services Kashmir suffered losses to the tune of Rs 18.58 Crores.

Responding to a question raised by MLC Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, in the upper house, the government informed that equipment and civil works to the tune of Rs 270.22 Crores were restored and executed under state disaster response fund and national relief fund through HLL Limited.

Besides, the government informed the house that an amount of Rs 15.53 Crores has been provided under PMNRF for additional replacement of damaged equipment.

Responding to another question raised by the MLC about the patient inflow indoor and outdoor and infrastructure/manpower available, government informed the house that Government Medical College Srinagar had a total flow of 2 lacs 37 thousands patients in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

“Associated hospitals of government medical college Srinagar had a flow of 37 lac 56 thousand patients during the same time.”

The government also informed that SKIMS Medical College had a total flow of 60 lac 51 thousand patients during the same time.

“However, these hospitals have been provided requisite infrastructure and man power to cope up the ever increasing rush of patients,” the government stated in its response.

Meanwhile, responding to a raised by lawmaker Abdul Rahim Rather, about government plans to construct the protection bunds on both sides of Brenghi Nallah and its tributaries, the government stated that 4 project reports were prepared at an estimated cost of Rs 4493 lacs for flood protection for Brenghi Nallah and its tributaries under FMP and placed before the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) out of which three projects were technically approved.

“The funding of FMP was changed and the projects are now to be reframed as per new funding pattern.”

In reply to Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri, the government said that it has prepared a draft project report of Rs 2083 crore for integrated comprehensive management. “It has been submitted to government of India,” the written reply to Veeri in Legislative Council said.

The government said that the project has already been included in PM’s Package for J&K and “Rs 1458 Cr has been earmarked for it”.

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