A Shiv Sena corporator has threatened to stage an indefinite protest over a non-operational post-mortem centre in Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon.
Constructed in 2001, the facility is yet to be operational due to lethargic approach on part of the state government. In the meantime, guarantee period for equipment installed inside the centre has expired, wasting lakhs of public money, Pramila Shinde, the corporator from ward number 51, alleged.
"It has been more than 13 years that the centre was constructed. The BMC installed machinery five years ago. But it is not in use. Despite bringing the matter to the notice of the government officials, there is no progress. Who is responsible for this? The matter must be investigated," Shinde stated in a letter written to home minister RR Patil and public health minister Suresh Shetty.
Shinde said if the authorities continue to ignore the demand, then the locals will stage an indefinite agitation at the hospital premise beginning on May 30.
"The only available civic post-mortem centre in the area is at RN Cooper Hospital in Juhu. Hence, the government must take steps to commission the Goregaon centre. If it doesn't, then we will have to intensify our protest," she added.