The Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya took a strong stand on the Seven hills hospital controversy said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will have to remind the hospital authorities of its powers.
The civic body and the hospital authority are at loggerheads at terms of the agreement that was signed between them in 2005.
The corporators were of the view that if the hospital fails to accept all their clauses in totality then the 17-acre plot in Andheri that was given to the hospital by the civic body should be revoked back. The super-specialty hospital is being constructed as a public private partnership.
Of the six terms in the agreement, the hospital have broadly agreed to only two. “The BMC will have to remind them that the land belongs to the civic body and they have all the right to take back the land,” said Kshatriya.
Leader of the House Sunil Prabhu said the hospital that was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil did not have the necessary permission from the Director of Health Services.
“How can they inaugurate the hospitals without having the relevant permissions?” he asked. The hospital is yet to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the civic body. “They have finalised the draft of the MoU is ready and will only be signed after the group leaders clear it,” said a source from the health department. Kshatriya added that the hospital authorities will have to sign the MoU in a stipulated time period.