Civil Surgeon office building, devastation brink
Ludhiana: Vulnerable buildings of civil surgeon office and malaria wing office in Zila Parishad Complex are posing a serious threat to the lives of employees and visitors to the buildings. Meanwhile, Public Works Department had declared these buildings unsafe several years ago but still authorities concerned have failed to take required steps.
However, new building is still under construction as several employees are still working under old building. A visit to the health department office complex reveals that doors are broken, ceiling is leaking and many problems exist among others.
The condition of medical storeroom is even worse as ceiling plasters have come out of more than 10 spots where the beam iron is clearly visible.
Similar is the situation at the anti-malaria wing and medicine room of the department in the Zila Parishad Complex. The building of the department are in shambles as employees told that they are working in poor building condition and they are always in the fear of building that it may not get collapsed or something serious happens to it.
Several employees are working in various branches of the health department at the complex in unsafe and unhygienic condition. The office comes under the purview of the Ludhiana civil surgeon.
The condition of storeroom is too bad which can collapse anytime. The Punjab government must pay attention towards the working condition which is putting the lives of employees and visitors in danger claimed one of the visitors.
PWD had declared the building unsafe more than 10 years back but authorities are still waiting for some tragedy to happen. As several incidents occurred in past several years but government is least interested to shift the civil surgeon office to the safe building.
Earlier, a corridor at the civil surgeons’ office had fallen down after a heavy rain few years back. Satish Thaman resident of Rishi Nagar said, “This is the serious threat for the staff and visitors in the health department buildings.
Government should not wait for the serious tragedy to happen as hundreds of people visit health department regularly. Moreover, the civil surgeon office is not renovated after 1955. Authorities should take required steps regarding this issue”.