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Breather for errant nursing homes

Civic body gives the city's 756 nursing homes time till April 30 to pay penalty and regularise their structures.

mumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2011 02:39 IST
HT Correspondent

After serving notices to 756 nursing homes across the city to pay penalties and regularise their structures, the civic body has extended the deadline to pay from March 25 to April 30. The extension comes after various corporators protested against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)'s action of serving the notices.

Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said, "We have had talks with the municipal commissioner about the issue and he has agreed to extend the deadline."

Shiv Sena's leader of the house Sunil Prabhu had asked the municipal commissioner to intervene and extend the deadline and make the process for nursing homes to change their user status simpler.

Most dispensaries and nursing homes across the city use premises, which have been registered as residential entities, for commercial-medical purposes.

Also, civic officials said the development control regulations, 1991 specified that nursing homes, operating in residential societies, should have independent entrances. This is mostly non-existent in the city's nursing homes, according to civic officials of the development plan department, which had issued these notices.

The nursing homes will have to pay a penalty equalling 20% of the capital value of the built-up area of the property, as per ready reckoner rates.

Out of a total of 756 nursing homes, only 100 had paid the penalties and initiated the process, fetching the civic body a total of Rs nine crore. The BMC expects a windfall of around Rs60 crore from the penalties received for these structures.