Gujarat high court issues notices over AMC’s VS Hospital demolition bid

Times of India | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 09:54 am

Gujarat high court issues notices over AMC’s VS Hospital demolition bid

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Friday issued notice to the state government and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) after the civic body’s bid to demolish the V S Hospital buildings was challenged. The petitioner advocate, K R Koshti, had filed a PIL in 2020 during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic seeking HC directions to the civic authorities to not close down VS Hospital after the AMC started the SVP Hospital on the same campus. It was demanded that all medical facilities including the diagnostics centre, surgeries and treatment should resume, which were slowly curtailed after the new hospital opened. Koshti has been arguing that since VS Hospital is a free hospital, its functions should continue for the sake of the poor. Koshti’s PIL was primarily based on the contention that the SVP Hospital was not a free hospital for citizens and charges recovered are almost the same as private hospitals. VS Hospital had continued to operate with 500 beds and its closure would deprive poor citizens of free health services. While the PIL has been pending, Koshti learned of the AMC’s plans to demolish nine blocks of the hospital with a carpet area of more than 4,700 square metres. On Friday, he cited a news report by TOI published on June 20. He submitted that AMC has been shutting down the hospital’s activities by the day. He submitted that the AMC has initiated the tendering process for demolition of hospital buildings. After hearing the petitioner, Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri issued notice to the authorities concerned and posted a further hearing for September 9.

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