Con­tract for 750 mo­halla clin­ics can­celled due to lack of land

ROAD­BLOCK Delhi govt says fresh con­tracts will be fi­nalised as soon as the land is al­lot­ted

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Anonna Dutt anonna.dutt@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The con­tracts had to be can­celled be­cause we were un­able to pro­vide them land even though the con­trac­tors had mo­bilised work­ers, thus in­vok­ing the penalty clause. Fresh con­tracts will be fi­nalised as soon as the lands are al­lot­ted. SATYENDAR JAIN, Delhi health min­is­ter

NEWDELHI:The Delhi gov­ern­ment will have to fi­nalise fresh con­tracts for build­ing 1,000 por­ta­cabin mo­halla clin­ics as three out of four con­tracts, for 250 clin­ics each, had to be can­celled.

“The con­tracts (for 750 mo­halla clin­ics) had to be can­celled be­cause we were un­able to pro­vide them land even though the con­trac­tors had mo­bilised work­ers, thus in­vok­ing the penalty clause. Fresh con­tracts will be fi­nalised as soon as the lands are al­lot­ted,” said Delhi health min­is­ter Satyendar Jain.

And, with the in­volve­ment of the high court, the gov­ern­ment is hope­ful that land al­lot­ment will hap­pen soon. The Delhi high court on Wed­nes­day asked the Cen­tre, the Delhi gov­ern­ment and all stake­hold­ers to file sta­tus re­ports on Oc­to­ber 30 on open­ing mo­halla clin­ics in all parts of the city.

The gov­ern­ment has al­ready iden­ti­fied 800 sites and is wait­ing for No Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cate from the gov­ern­ment agen­cies that own the land.

Delhi gov­ern­ment plans to have one mo­halla clinic for ev­ery square kilo­me­tre of the city. “The area of Delhi is 1,497 sq km, of this around 500 sq km is not ur­banised — this in­cludes the Ya­muna, agri­cul­tural land, etc. So, set­ting up 1,000 mo­halla clin­ics would mean, Delhi would have a mo­halla clinic for ev­ery sq km. Ev­ery ward will have around three to four clin­ics,” said Jain.

Of the to­tal 1,000 mo­halla clin­ics, the Delhi gov­ern­ment plans to set up 300 in­side gov­ern­ment schools.

Cur­rently, there are only around 155 of mo­halla clin­ics in Delhi.

Talk­ing about the rid­ers that came with the ap­proval of the mo­halla clinic project from the lieu­tenant gov­er­nor earlier this month, Jain said adding bio­met­ric sys­tem was al­ways a part of the plan.

“Dur­ing the pilot we re­alised that it was very dif­fi­cult to ac­cess older records of a pa­tient us­ing their mo­bile num­bers as peo­ple change their num­bers fre­quently. All the clin­ics al­ready have tablets, we will in­te­grate the bio­met­rics sys­tem in six months. We can­not base the sys­tem on aad­har be­cause we can­not turn away even a sin­gle pa­tient just be­cause they do not have the card,” said Jain.

RAJ K RAJ/HT FILE

There are only around 155 of mo­halla clin­ics in Delhi.

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