Civic bodies unlikely to transfer 121 sites for mohalla clinics to Delhi government
Out of 121 sites, 48 were demanded from the North corporation. Most of these sites are located in the premises of the corporation’s primary schools, community centres, parks or child welfare centres.delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2017 00:05 IST
The Delhi government’s plan to set up more mohalla clinics could hit a hurdle as the civic agencies are likely turn down the former’s request to transfer 121 sites under their jurisdiction.
Though the three agencies are yet to submit their formal replies, the administrative and deliberative wings have said most of the sites suggested by Delhi Government are not feasible to establish the facilities.
Out of 121 sites, 48 were demanded from the North corporation. Most of these sites are located in the premises of the corporation’s primary schools, community centres, parks or child welfare centres.
Preety Agarwal, mayor, North DMC said, “We are already running short of space for our own projects so how can we provide land to another agency? Moreover, the Delhi government should first make the existing mohalla clinics successful after which they should think of setting up other such facility.”
On August 23, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had called a meeting with municipal corporation officials to inform them about the requirement for land/sites for mohalla clinics. The three corporations had to submit the feasibility report to the department of health and family welfare.
But none of three civic bodies have submitted their replies so far. Sharing the reason for the delay, a senior North DMC official said, “The sites belong to multiple departments and collecting replies from them will take time. In two-three cases we have received feedback but the departments have refused to transfer land.”
According to a South Corporation official, land within the education institutions or schools can’t be used for other purposes as per the high court’s directions. Allotment of land in community centres could lead to chaos on days the facilities are booked for social events.
Neema Bhagat, Mayor, East DMC, said the transfer of land for mohalla clinics is a policy decision and needs approval from the house and the standing committee. “The process will take lot of time and I don’t think it will receive approval in the house. Though we are in favour of establishing the primary health facilities for citizens, we also need to ensure that it should not lead to chaos or parking issues,” she said.
Apart from that, there are certain locations where multiplicity of agencies exists.
“For example, the land used to run night shelters by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board originally belongs to the municipal corporation. In these cases, it is not easy to transfer the land without changing land use,” said a senior South Corporation official. Of the total, 56 sites fall in the jurisdiction of the South Corporation.
Despite repeated attempts, the Delhi Government spokesperson was not available for comment.