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
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.
There are only around 155 of mohalla clinics in Delhi.