HC Pulls Up DDA, MCDs Over Laxity In Setting Up Of Mohalla Clinics
The Delhi High Court has pulled up the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and civic bodies over their failure to examine the feasibility of lands proposed for clinics in various localities in the city to provide adequate health facility to people.
A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also warned the DDA of contempt action against its counsel for his inability to tell the court about the location of 245 sites proposed by the Aam Aadmi Party government for mohalla clinics.
"We had passed a specific direction on the last date of hearing to examine the feasibility of sorting out the difficulties with regard to the mohalla clinics on the proposed sites … It seems the authorities concerned are not proceeding in the matter," the Bench observed, and directed the Delhi government's principal secretary to convene a meeting with all bodies concerned to examine the feasibility of land identified for these clinics. It directed the agencies to place before it the status report with regard to the meetings and its final outcome and listed the matter for January 5.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board and the Delhi Metro informed the court that they had identified 107 and around 20 sites, respectively, for which no objection certificate has also been obtained from the authorities.
Delhi government counsel Sanjoy Ghosh said they had undertaken a massive exercise and identified possible sites where local clinics could be located. He said due to non-availability of land, they were unable to set up these clinics which could provide medical care to every citizen within two kilometres of their residence.
The health project was delayed after complaints of irregularities were received by the lieutenant governor, leading to a probe by the vigilance department. The unavailability of land for the project had also held it up.
With inputs from Housing News