Mangaluru, Feb 21, 2015: Former union minister M Veerappa Moily visited the Lady Goschen Hospital in the city on February 21, Saturday and urged the authorities concerned to resume the works of the new block of the hospital which remained suspended since the past few days.
Though it is said that non-payment of dues to the tune of Rs 25 lakhs to the contractor was responsible for the suspension of works, reports state that the matter has now been settled.
Moily who spoke to reporters on the occasion said it was the contractor and not the ONGC or MRPL who are to be blamed for the suspension of the works. He also informed that he has spoken to the contractor who said there were no dues. Moily further stated that the first three floors of the new block would be ready by July this year. At the same time he said the new Block was scheduled to be complete by January, 2015.
The former union minister also informed that the ONGC had sanctioned Rs 21.70 crore for the project.
He said the Lady Goschen Hospital was in dire need of a new block considering the increasing number of patients to the hospital. He also assured to review the progress of the works.
On the corporate espionage case which was busted in New Delhi of late, Moily said it was a matter of great concern and at the same time added he did not wish to blame anyone.
Dr Shakuntala, Superintendent of Lady Goschen Hospital, Dr Shivakumar, District Health Officer, Kavitha, Deputy Mayor, Shashidhar Hegde, former mayor, Ivan D’Souza, MLC and others were present.