Eyeing upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, ruling Aam Aadmi Party is leaving no stone unturned to extend its flagship Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic (AAMC) project in Delhi. Around 140 Mohalla Clinic across the National Capital will be thrown open for the public by end of this month.
According to the executing agency-Public Works Department (PWD), tender for the construction of about 400 mohalla clinics were floated out of which construction work of 145 clinics have been completed. The progress made in this regard was reviewed in a meeting held recently.
“ Almost 90 percent of work is completed and few basic things such as electricity fitting, water connections and sundry items are being given the finishing touches and these clinics will be ready for public use,” said a PWD official.
The officials added that the work on the rest of the clinics, are delayed due to land issues. “The staff working on to identify proper site for the set up of these clinics but at many places the problem is improper water connection, sewer lines and some other problems but it is expected the rest of clinics is also expected to ready by end of this year,” said the official.
The Delhi Government has proposed an amount of Rs 206 crore this year in March budget session for the construction of mohalla clinics. As per the officials, the cost of one Mohalla Clinic is around Rs 20 lakh.
The construction 1000 mohalla clinic was one of AAP government’s top poll promises but so far only around 200 clinics has been constructed in the last four year of its tenure. AAP government has set a target to construct around 800 mohalla clinics before promulgation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for the upcoming Assembly elections in the National Capital.
The mohalla clinics are a ‘small porta cabins’ that are being set up at various places especially near the ranbasera’s (Shelter homes), slum and JJ cluster areas to help the poor and needy people by providing primary healthcare. However, witnessing encouraging response from the people, the government has decided to set up mohalla clinics at every 5km. The clinics operate from 7 am to 7 pm, six days a week with double shifts and provided simple treatment such as fever, headache, infections, and high blood pressure and distribute about 86 medicines are provided for the common disease.