Building bylaws’ violation: 9 months on, MC fails to take action against pvt hospitals

  • Harvinder Kaur, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 15:48 IST
The office of the municipal corporation in Jalandhar. (HT Photo)

The municipal corporation had in October last year conducted a survey and found that around 126 private hospitals were flouting building bylaws in the city, but nine months on, the corporation has failed to take any action against the defaulting hospitals.

The survey was conducted on the direction of the local bodies department, which had sought a report on defaulting hospitals in a week.

Most of the hospitals were found to be using the parking areas for the commercial purpose, not having completion certificate and running hospitals in the residential areas.

During these nine months, officials of the building branch have come up with various reasons for delay in action.

The officials stated that all the identified hospitals have not followed the proper procedure in sending their replies and files of some hospitals were missing after the fire incident that took place some years ago.

When asked why MC was not taking action against the hospitals whose files are in their possession, the officials said that they would take action against all the hospitals in one go.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the building branch of the MC has still not issued speaking orders to the hospitals. It is only after issuing speaking orders that the MC can take action against violation of building bylaws.

The MC was supposed to issue speaking orders to the hospitals in March.

The MC authorities had on many occasions claimed that if the situation arises, they could even demolish the hospitals.

Parampal Singh, municipal town planner, said that the action was delayed due to the contempt petition filed by the Right to Information (RTI) activist Ajay Sehgal against the building branch for delaying the action. The hearing of the petition is in August.

He said that the building branch is, however, in the process of issuing speaking orders to the hospitals and the process would be over in the next 10 days.

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