Mumbai civic body seals office of Seven Hills Hospital over non-payment of Rs9 crore property tax
The civic body had earlier given Seven Hills hospital an ultimatum to pay property tax by February 28.mumbai Updated: Mar 02, 2018 23:08 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stepped up its action against Marol’s Seven Hills Hospital, after it failed to pay Rs9 crore of property tax accumulated over the past few years.
On Thursday, the BMC sealed the administrative office of the hospital. The civic body had earlier given Seven Hills hospital an ultimatum to pay property tax by February 28. In January, it sent Seven Hills a show cause notice for failing to pay property tax.
Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta and additional municipal commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee directed the assessment and collection department to seal the hospital’s administrative office.
Dr Jitendra Das Maganti, founder of Seven Hills Healthcare, remained unavailable for comment despite several attempts to contact him.
Devidas Kshirsagar, from the assessment and collection department said, “Now the hospital has to pay up the money, and we will unseal their administrative office. They had the deadline of February end, and since they didn’t pay, Sanjay Mukherjee directed this action.”
Kshirsagar said the total pending dues of Seven Hills hospital is Rs39 crore. However, Rs30 crore is a disputed amount. He said, “They have agreed to pay only Rs9 crore, and disputed the remaining amount. But even that money has not been paid.”
The fate of Seven Hills hospital is uncertain as the BMC has barred it from admitting new patients and asked the hospital to discharge the 15 patients currently admitted there, after they get better. “Our administrative and human resource departments are shut down currently but the hospital continues to provide treatment to those who are under our care. Its uncertain what will happen once the patients are discharged,” said a doctor from the hospital on the condition of anonymity.