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Demolition order: 8 storey hospital moves Madras High Court

Demolition order: 8 storey hospital moves Madras High Court

Chennai: 8-floored Billroth Hospitals against which the Madras High Court had passed a demolition order, has moved the HC in response to its earlier order.

Last week, the Madras High Court had ordered to demolish 5 floors of the 8-storey building of Billroth Hospitals. The HC decision had come in view of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking action against the unauthorized construction of the hospital.

The PIL mentioned that the hospital came into existence in 1990 with 30 beds. It was increased to 70 beds and in 2007 it was converted into a 650-bed multi-specialty hospital by amalgamating Kaliappa Hospital.

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The hospital applied for regularisation in 2006. The application and subsequent appeal was rejected by the authorities for some discrepancies, and thereafter no coercive steps were taken against the hospital. On June 22, 2017, the government passed an order notifying Rules under section 113C of the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act through which regularisation of buildings constructed on or before July 1, 2007, was permitted.

Immediately, the hospital applied for regularisation under the new rules, which is still pending with the CMDA, reports the TOI.

Based on the PIL, a division bench had directed disconnection of power to the hospital and to shift all patients from the top floors to the lower three floors. The judges had further ordered that the doors, windows, glasses, toilet seats and bidets beyond the third floors between May 31 and June 2.

It was also made clear that the floors constructed in violation of the building plan should be demolished without disturbing the patients in the first three floors, reports the Hindu.

The court had directed the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to process the regularisation application but not to take a final decision without the leave of the court.

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