8 years and counting, will Mussoorie ever get a hospital?

Civil Hospital mussoorie incomplete construction

Ajay Ramola



 How many more years will it take to construct the Civil Hospital? Is the question that is on mind of most of the citizens who are forced to live their life in misery due to an absence of a quality hospital in Mussoorie.

The British era old civil hospital building near Landour Bazaar was demolished to pave way for a 56-bed combined hospital in Mussoorie with construction starting way back in 2010 but is yet to see the light of the day.

The survey done by eNewsDesk reporter revealed that work was going at snails pace and   apart from installation of tinned roof at the top of the building no headway had been made in the construction of the Hospital building despite the assurance given by local MLA, Chief Minister of the state and former health minister from government of India in the past.

Inordinate delay in the construction has irked the residents who are at the mercy of a 12 bed St Mary’s Hospital at Kulri Bazaar which does not have an operation theater in addition to other basic facilities forcing the patients namely senior citizens to rush to Dehradun for simple treatments causing great deal of inconvenience to them in the process.

KK Berry president of All Mussoorie Senior Citizens welfare association and its  secretary NK Sahni  said that the senior citizens are major sufferers due to absence of well equipped health center in Mussoorie. The delay in the construction of the hospital is forcing the senior citizens to travel to Dehradun during any ailment  which is a cumbersome exercise especially in winters added KK Berry. Sahni said that the treatment is not guaranteed at Dehradun  due to rush at the hospitals and sometimes they miss out on their turn on reaching few minutes late causing added agony to them.

The construction of the hospital that started in 2010 with an estimated budget of Rs 3.50 crores and was scheduled to complete in 2013 but is yet to be completed while the cost of construction has  escalated to around Rs 5 crores in 2018.  The town was well-known for its health services during the British Raj. The Cottage Hospital, earlier known as St Mary’s Hospital, above the Camel’s Back Road, was constructed in 1915. Evelyn Hall Nursing Home was a private institution run by Mrs Bell where patients were admitted at a fixed payment. The civil hospital that was demolished to pave the way for a combined health centre was a charitable institution equipped with operation theatre run by the district board. The station staff hospital in the Landour Cantt area was for soldiers. A dispensary was also available for people living at Library Bazaar and near Savoy Hotel. Adjoining it was the Veterinary Hospital.

The residents are saddened, a town which boasted of so many Hospitals in past is waiting for a hospital equipped with modern facilities presently.

When contacted the Mussoorie MLA Ganesh Joshi said that there was a demand of additional 3.69 crores budget for the construction of the hospital which has been sanctioned and the said amount will be released soon after the approval of technical accounts committee thus paving a way  for the completion of the construction work at the hospital. Meanwhile the citizens are left with no other option but to wait for the day when they would benefit from the facilities that should have been provided many years ago.