SIALKOT - The project of establishing a well-equipped burn unit at Government Allama Iqbal Memorial District Headquarters Hospital Sialkot is in the doldrums due to unavailability of funds. The Sialkot Finance Department has refused to provide the required funds of Rs40 million to the Health Department in this regard. Eight years ago, then Sialkot District Nazim Mian Naeem Javaid had announced to establish the burn unit at an estimated cost of Rs 20 million. He also laid the foundation stone of the proposed site with a sole aim of providing advanced healthcare facilities regarding burn injuries at local level. Now, the cost of this project has risen to Rs 40 million (doubled) due to skyrocketing price hike in the country. But, despite the lapse of eight consecutive years, there is no development in this project. The Health Department senior officials and the district government could not generate the required funds and remained unable to get PC-1 for the early establishment of the proposed burn unit. Later, the PC-1 of this project was re-prepared and was also approved by the provincial government. Though the project is in the larger interest of the people, yet the government has not undertaken this project. Meanwhile, Manshaullah Butt, the Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister, told the media that the government would not shelve the project and would provide the required funds from. Local social and political circles have expressed grave concern over this critical situation and urged the provincial government to initiate this project. There is no burn unit for 3.5 million population of the district and burnt patients have to go to Gujranwala, Lahore and Islamabad for their medical treatment.