MUSSOORIE, May 9
In the run-up to the civic polls the dates for which are yet to be announced, Congress decided to up its presence when the contenders as well as other supporters sat on a four hour fast on Wednesday morning, demanding the construction of Civil Hospital in Mussoorie.
The hospital, an old British time building was brought down in 2010 with the promise that it would become a specialised hospital. Eight years on, the work happens only in spurts because of “lack of funds”.
After slogan shouting and the four hour fast and protest, the Congress Committee also submitted a letter to the Chief Minister demanding the construction of the hospital in a month’s time, failing which they will have to resort to a “movement”. “Despite promises by the previous government, the hospital is yet to be functional due to which locals and villagers from nearby areas are losing their lives. We had to resort to a movement like this as we had no option” read the letter.
Speaking to eNewsDesk, Jasbir Singh, president Women’s Congress Mussoorie said, “The health conditions in Mussoorie are deplorable. The civil hospital has been under construction for several years. Once the lifeline for several people, today it is just a building. People with limited means have nowhere to go.”
Rajat Aggarwal who is also contesting for the President’s post in the upcoming Council elections said, “The Government has not taken a single concrete step to get the Civil hospital in a working condition. Because of lack of proper health care facilities most people are forced to go to Dehradun where medical mafia literally loots him.”
It needs to be noted that Mussoorie only has two functional hospitals currently, The Landour Community Hospital, a charitable hospital and St. Mary’s a Government Hospital. Civil Hospital which was once a fully functional hospital is currently run out of an almost defunct building with very basic facilities.