Local bodies department asked the municipal corporation (MC) to take appropriate action against hospitals that have violated building bylaws and were using parking space for commercial purposes.
The letter dated April has come out now when the Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked state government to look into the matter so that hospital owners in different areas of the city are not harassed.
Directorate of local government sought action after Right to Information activist Rohit Sabharwal complained to the department that there were several violations of building bylaws. His complaint was forwarded to secretary of local bodies who asked the MC to take action.
The letter clearly states action against hospitals violating building bylaws in residential areas was sought earlier too. It states action should be taken as per rules by the MC.
Sabharwal had complained against 42 hospitals in different areas of the city including Model Town, Haibowal Road, Shingar Cinema Road and other areas.
RK Sharma, president, IMA Ludhiana said a delegation met the chief minister asking that no action should be taken only against hospitals as there were violations of bylaws even in other buildings.
“I do not know why the RTI activist has specifically complained against hospitals whereas there are so many other buildings that have violated norms,” added Sharma.
Interestingly, a meeting by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was convened in which the MC commissioner Pradeep Agarwal also participated.
Sources said Badal enquired about the status of the hospitals in the city.