Islamabad - The minister of state of capital administration & development division (CADD) has directed the concerned officials to send the proposal of expansion of Federal Government Services Polyclinic Hospital to the cabinet for taking approval afresh to start construction work pending for years.

CADD Minister of State Barrister Usman Ibrahim chaired a meeting regarding the extension of Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital at capital administration & development division on Friday. The minister gave directives to the officials to send the summary of the project to the cabinet for the approval of land for the extension of Polyclinic Hospital.

 “Rs 55 million have already been allotted for the project and I want the project to be started as soon as possible,” emphasised the minister.

The work on feasibility report has been started and the work on PC-I would start soon as well. “The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has also been contacted in this regard and we are working in full coordination with the civic body,” said the minister.

The meeting was attended by additional secretary capital administration & development division, DG (Planning) CADD, and executive director FGPCH.

The issue of extension of the hospital is longstanding. Initially, the hospital was established to cater to government servants but with the passage of time it started providing health facility to people other than government servants.

And keeping in view the increasing patients’ load on the existing building of the hospital the capital administration conceived the plan of its expansion.

The Government of Argentina as a good will gesture had allocated 2.5 acres of land from Argentine Park for extension of the hospital and the then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had also approved the allocation of the land.

But at the same time the Supreme Court’s judgement in McDonald case raised some legal hitches as CDA officials claimed that the parkland could not be used for commercial purposes. The ministry of law and justice was approached for legal opinion that maintained that expansion did not come under the definition of commercial use, allowing the expansion of the hospital.

Then the issue of payment of land was raised by Capital Development Authority that was also set aside by the planning division, saying that the payment of the land had already been made once by the government of Argentina so there was no need to pay for the land.