Taking up a public interest litigation highlighting that the private hospitals and nursing homes in Ludhiana are using the parking space for running intensive care units and laboratories, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Ludhiana municipal commissioner to take necessary steps as per law.
The directions came from the division bench comprising acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta and justice HS Sidhu while disposing of a public interest litigation filed by Rohit Sabharwal.
The petitioner had sought directions to the private hospitals and nursing homes in Ludhiana to make proper arrangements with regard to their parking spaces. It was submitted that these private hospitals were not only using the parking space for running pharmacies and laboratories and intensive care units but also for other commercial purposes.
It was alleged that the parking spaces were being blatantly used for unauthorised purposes under the nose of municipal authorities despite a number of complaints addressed to the corporation.
The court was also informed that it was on July 26 that the petitioner had submitted a complaint to the directorate of local government, which, in turn, had further directed the Ludhiana municipal corporation to look into the facts of the matter seriously and take action as per rules for committing violations. But till date no action had been taken, it was submitted.