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Well past deadline,dozen civic projects stuck

Over a dozen civic projects,including important ones such as hospitals,gardens,cemetery and civic establishments,are yet to be completed even as their deadlines have passed.

Over a dozen civic projects,including important ones such as hospitals,gardens,cemetery and civic establishments,are yet to be completed even as their deadlines have passed.

Of 21 projects in the western suburbs,around nine projects are still under progress,according to city engineer department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Further,nearly five of 15 projects are under progress in the eastern suburbs.

The work of BMC’s building construction department involves repair and development of BMC buildings and establishments like ward offices,hospitals,gardens and cemetery. The projects have been delayed due to administrative and bureaucratic delays,among others.

The incomplete projects include the Jogeshwari trauma hospital,which has been delayed due to pipeline problems during the construction. The proposed date for completion was August 21 but only 85 per cent work has been done till now. According to deputy city engineer Jitendra Gupta,the new deadline for the project has been pushed to September 15.

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Yet another project,a garden in Santacruz — construction of which began in January 2012 and was supposed to get completed by August 27,2012 — is still under progress. So far,only 60 per cent of the project has been completed. The garden,which is expected to have an actual airplane,will take two more months for completion,said civic officials.

Rehabilitation of civic workers to another building has led to delay of another hospital. The Dr R N Kapoor Hospital in Vile Parle,which was expected to be opened by November 4,has seen only 80 per cent completion. “One of the old buildings in the plot was used for accommodation of BMC workers. Their rehabilitation took time,which led to the delay,” said Gupta. The total estimated cost of this project is Rs 265.39 crore.

Gupta further said that finishing touches are being given to the hospital and it will be ready in a few months. “We are fining the contractor Rs 1 lakh daily since June 16. Now,it should not take long for the hospital to get completed,” he said.

Other projects nearing completion include a BMC market in Jogeshwari,which is estimated to cost around Rs 57.21 crore. The project,which is 85 per cent complete,was supposed to be completed by February 17 this year,but the deadline has now been extended by nine months.