Saleem Iqbal Qadri

11 years on, PHC at Dangerpora Sopore yet to be made functional

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Sopore, Oct 23: The residents of north Kashmir’s Dangerpora village are facing immense hardships as the only Primary Health Centre (PHC) here has not been made functional even after a decade and thereby compelling the local patients to visit sub-district hospital Sopore for all kind of medical treatments.

According to the locals, the foundation stone of PHC was laid in 2007 by then Congress government. “Although a decade has passed since then but construction work of the PHC is going on at a snail’s pace due to the callous approach of the concerned authorities.”

“Last week my daughter fell ill and I had to take her to sub-district hospital, which is 6 kms away from our village, Sopore for the treatment,” said Ali Mohammad, a resident of Dangerpora.

Nazir Ahmad Khan, who owns the land on which the PHC has been constructed, told Kashmir Images that he has locked the PHC and will not be allowing the authorities to execute the further construction work. “I am yet to receive the compensation for my land which I provided for the construction of PHC at Dangerpora village and I have been requesting the authorities to release the compensation amount in my favour from a longtime now, but to no avail,” he added.

When contacted Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Baramulla, Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo, he said: “We are hopeful that pending funds meant for further construction of PHC will be release very soon.

“The cost for the construction of PHC at Dangerpora has been estimated as one crore sixty eight lacs but only one crore fourteen lac rupees has been released so far,” the CMO added.


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