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Lahore: Services Hospital’s radiology tower awaits completion after 10 years

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 6, 2019 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
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Posted: Oct 6, 2019 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
More than Rs1.81 billion have been spent on it

The Punjab government had decided in 2009 to construct a radiology tower at Lahore's Services Hospital to help the patients. It has been more than 10 years since the project was started but it is still nowhere near completion. 

More than Rs1.81 billion have been spent on it so far, but the project was stopped because of a lack of funds.

The machinery, which was purchased for Rs820 million, still lies packed in boxes, according to a report of the building and development authority. Some have complained that the boxes have become damp because they got soaked during recent monsoon rains.

Dr Mahmood Ayaz, the principal of the Services Institute of Medical Sciences, said that the project was delayed because of a number of reasons. The initial plan did not have any gas connections or an emergency exit. It was later realised that the building doesn't even have access to medical gases.

He said that no funds have been released by the government to restart the project.

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      Hafeez Shaikh  November 8, 2019 9:55 pm/ Reply

    One always find that for all such large projects machinery is purchased much before the completion of building works .
    The answer is very simple. For purchases the functionaries make many expensive trips to foreign countries as the money is coming out of project funds. Then they arrange and include their kickbacks with the suppliers!!!
    So we seem to end up with ‘older’ model machines which rot because the project is not ready for it.
    This is very bad for the project and the country.

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