3 NMMC hos­pi­tals likely to be in­au­gu­rated on Ma­ha­rash­tra Day

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The three Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) hos­pi­tals in Airoli, Nerul and CBD Be­la­pur that have been un­der con­struc­tion for the past six years could be in­au­gu­rated on May 1.

“Ef­forts are on to get the hos­pi­tals func­tional from May 1. Re­cruit­ments and other as­pects are near­ing com­ple­tion and an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment could be made soon,” an NMMC of­fi­cial said.

With sev­eral in­au­gu­ra­tion dates be­ing an­nounced in the past, the res­i­dents are not re­ally sure when the hos­pi­tals will ac­tu­ally be func­tional.

Over Rs100 crore of the NMMC’s bud­get of Rs2,000 crore are spent on health­care. How­ever, res­i­dents still do not get nec­es­sary health ser­vices.

In 2009, the NMMC de­cided on con­struct­ing new state-of-the-art 100-bed hos­pi­tals in Airoli and Nerul in place of the ex­ist­ing mother and child hos­pi­tals and one more 50-bed hos­pi­tal in CBD Be­la­pur.

Work on the three hos­pi­tals be­gan be­fore the Lok Sabha elec­tions, with the as­sur­ance that they would be ready by 2010.

Two years ago, just be­fore the Lok Sabha and assem­bly elec­tions, out­pa­tient de­part­ment ser­vices were started. The op­po­si­tion said it was done by the rul­ing NCP to score po­lit­i­cal points. The NCP had then stated that the hos­pi­tals will be func­tional soon, which did not hap­pen.

Af­ter the con­struc­tion was com­pleted last year, the ad­min­is­tra­tion re­alised that it had not laid the gas pipe­line, fur­ther de­lay­ing the open­ing by a year.

Fol­low­ing reg­u­lar at­tacks by the op­po­si­tion and the de­mand of the peo­ple, the ad­min­is­tra­tion started mother and child ser­vices at Airoli and Nerul.

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