islamabad - The civic agency yesterday formally allotted the land of Argentina Park to Polyclinic Hospital for its extension project.

The Federal Government Services Hospital, popularly known as Polyclinic Hospital, has already made payment for 2.54 acre land of Argentina Park to Capital Development Authority.

The hospital established in 1966 was originally used to cater to government servants but with the passage of time it started providing healthcare facilities to people other than government servants, raising patient load on the hospital that has now reached up to 7,000 to 8,000 patients per day.

Keeping in view the increasing patients load on the existing building of the hospital, the capital administration conceived the plan to extend the facility in 2008 using park land. As the park was named after Argentina and the country’s embassy in Islamabad had provided funds for its construction and maintenance, the embassy of Argentina was contacted for permission to use the land.

The embassy as a good will gesture allowed use of the land for extension of the hospital and the then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had also approved the proposal. But after the Supreme Court’s notice of handing over of F-9 Park land to a fast food outlet MacDonald, the CDA became much cautious in utilising park land for any commercial or other purposes and refused to hand over the possession.

The permission to use the land was taken afresh from the government and a stay order from the court was also vacated.

State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has announced that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the extension project soon. The whole extension and reconstruction of the hospital project, according to rough estimates, will require around Rs 1.5 billion that will be completed over a period of five years. According to the proposal prepared by the hospital officials, a new 5-storey building (with 2 basements and mezzanine) consisting of four-block structure will be constructed in phases. The whole outdoor patient and emergency departments will be shifted in the new block in Argentine Park and a new building will also replace the current hospital building.