The prestigious Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital would go under the hammer as municipal corporation has slapped an auction notice on the hospital following its failure to pay the pending sewerage bill and house tax of Rs 9.5 lakh.
This is the fourth time in the past two months when the civic body has sent a notice of auction to the hospital.
The notice has been sent under section 137 of Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, which says, "In case of non- payment of the bill within the stipulated period, action will be initiated against the defaulters under section 137 and 138 of The Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976 and his/her moveable/immovable property will be attached and put to auction as per rule".
Confirming the auction notice, joint commissioner Najar Singh said the hospital authorities have repeatedly failed to reply to the earlier notices asking the hospital to pay the house tax and sewerage bills.
"The hospital has not paid the pending dues for the past several months. We have been forced to take this action following the irresponsive attitude of the hospital authorities," said the joint commissioner.
The civic body has given a week's deadline to the hospital for submitting the requisite amount.
The joint commissioner said that in case the hospital failed to submit the bills within a week, the hospital land would be attached to the MC property and would be put on auction.
Principal of the college KD Singh, however, termed it as a routine notice. "We have already paid Rs 2.5 lakh sewerage bill to the MC. We will make the remaining payments in the coming days," said Singh.
He said the payment was delayed because the hospital didn't have sufficient funds.
"We have written to the higher authorities to provide more funds to make the remaining payments," he said. Established in 1954, the hospital is the only multi-speciality hospital in the whole region.