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Hospital places beds on terrace, uses it as an OPD

In a recent document submitted by the P/north ward office to the Building Proposal department for the western suburbs, ward officials have stated the need to check on irregularities in a private hospital at Malad (West).


What rules? The terrace of the building in Malad is being used as an out-patient department, in violation of BMC norms; the building proposal department will now decide whether to demolish the irregular structures. Pic/Kiran Bhalerao

Based on complaints from residents, officers have been visiting various buildings in the city to check whether illegal constructions have come up in their premises. During his recent visit to Lifeline Hospital on SV Road in Malad (West), the health department inspector was shocked to see that hospital beds extended all the way to the terrace. Patients were also being treated in the flats B-101 and 102. They had also converted porta-cabins into general wards, flouting norms.

On the basis of these findings, the BMC’s health department issued a showcause notice to the hospital, asking to see their paperwork. Information about the irregularities has been forwarded to the building proposal department, who will be investigating the matter and give a final verdict on whether the illegal structures should be demolished.

A senior BMC official said, “We recognised certain irregularities in the hospital and hence we have issued them a showcause notice. They will now have to show us the space they are using for their hospital.”

Shiv Sena corporator Avkash Jadhav said, “These private nursing homes need to be monitored for unauthorized structural changes. Because there are no regular checks, private owners start making illegal constructions. If doctors do not understand their social responsibility, who will?”

Dr Kamlesh Shah, the owner of Lifeline Hospital, said, “We have done everything according to the permissions granted. I will provide the BMC with all the necessary documents as and when they need it.” 

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