Allegations of sub-standard hostel work at NEIGRIHMS come to fore

SHILLONG, June 22: After complaints of shoddy construction of state government projects, now allegations have been levelled by some inmates of North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Regional Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) about similar sub-standard construction of the new MBBS Boys Hostel in NEIGRIHMS with videos showing water gushing out through the building.
Patients and their attendants have also alleged that is but the institute has denied the allegations.
A few videos of water seepage through the rooms of the MBBS Boys Hostel building have been shared with The Shillong Times and it is alleged that even in the main hospital complex there is leakage from the roof and ceiling of the second floor and buckets are kept for the water to drain there. This they allege is due to the slapdash work of Larsen & Toubro, the firm which implemented the work.
When contacted, NEIGRIHMS Director Dr Nalin Mehta said that the buildings are yet to be handed over to the authorities while stating that the supervising engineers are resolving any issue that may come up.
He also pointed out that there are no such complaints about water seepage but he will still look into the matter even as he added that seepage and leakage are issues with almost every building in Shillong today due to the heavy rainfall.
NEIGRIHMS Superintendent Engineer David Umdor too denied the allegations and maintained that there is nothing like that. He said that when there is torrential rainfall it is natural that there would be water from surface run-off “It can happen in any house as drains overflow and enter into buildings and we have taken care of it,” Umdor said.
According to Umdor, with the huge amount of rainfall, drains get choked and water overflows but the problem has been rectified.
“We have in fact increased the size of the drains and cleared all the debris lying around. There was a lot of debris as it is a construction site,” he added.

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