GANDERBAL: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan inspects under construction Old Age Home, Rehabilitation Home for mentally ill persons directs for timely completion of both projects today visited Ganderbal district in order to take stock of the ongoing constructions projects being carried by Social Welfare Department (SWD) in the district.
During the visit he inspected ongoing under construction projects of Old Age Home at Pandach Ganderbal and Rehabilitation home for mentally ill persons near District Hospital and directed the executing agency to ensure both the projects get completed within the set timeline.
While inspecting the pace of progress on these projects, Advisor held detailed discussion with the engineers of the executing agency and suggested many changes and directed the concerned to redesign the drawing and said infrastructure setup should be in such a way that suites the needs of old age and mentally ill persons with all modern facilities.
During his visit to old age home at Pandach Ganderbal, the DG, SWD briefed the Advisor about the facilities that would be available at old age home. He directed the executing agency that while redesigning the drawing, the provisions for lift facility and landscaping shall be included and asked the Tehsildar Ganderbal to identify the patch of land adjacent to Old Age Home that can be developed and used for recreation park.
Advisor also visited to the construction site of Rehabilitation Home for mentally ill persons where he inspected the progress of work and took detailed review about the facilities that would be available for the inmates.
He said that each category of Mentally unsound people need different infrastructure setup with segregation of male and female groups and gave directions for keeping provision of various facilities to such persons.
Pertinently, Social Welfare Department is constructing Old Age Home at the cost of Rs 484 lakh and Rehabilitation home for mentally ill persons at the cost of Rs 493 lakh through JKPHC with intake capacity of 60-80 persons at each home. Both the projects are likely to be completed by end of current financial year.
Meanwhile, local deputation also met the Advisor who demanded for further strengthening the facilities in the District Hospital for which the Advisor said that UT Govt. is committed to provide best healthcare facilities to the people and in this regard several initiatives have been taken and assured them that their genuine demands with regard to healthcare facilities would be looked into.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Krittika Jyotsna, Director General SWD, Bashir Ahmad Dar, SSP Ganderbal, Suhail Munawar Mir, OSD to Advisor, Mohammad Ashraf Hakak, District Social Welfare Officer Ganderbal and other concerned accompanied the Advisor.