Hos­pi­tal plot: Mayor slams Cidco for ter­mi­nat­ing lease

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane has said that NMMC has not erred in sub- leas­ing the plot given to it by City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) for a hos­pi­tal in Vashi.

It was done with the in­ten­tion of pro­vid­ing bet­ter med­i­cal ser­vices to the city res­i­dents, he said. He has also ques­tioned Cidco on the ram­pant sub- leas­ing and change of use of its other plots in the city.

Ear­lier this week, Cidco is­sued a no­tice to NMMC, ter­mi­nat­ing its lease agree­ment with it for what it has termed is breach of terms and con­di­tions set in the agree­ment. Cidco has ob­jected to NMMC sub-let­ting por­tion of the plot area to For­tisHi­ranan­dani Hos­pi­tal.

While mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare re­fused to com­ment on the ter­mi­na­tion stat­ing that the civic body is yet to re­ceive it, Son­awane said, “This is an in­stance of health is­sue of the peo­ple of the city. NMMC has sub-leased the plot for a su­per- spe­cial­ity hos­pi­tal with the right in­tent of wel­fare of the peo­ple.”

He added, “It is the need of the res­i­dents. The NMMC can­not af­ford to pro­vide such su­per spe­cial­ity ser­vices and hence this ar­range­ment was en­tered into.”

Tak­ing on Cidco, he said, “If Cidco is giv­ing NMMC such a no­tice, it should also take into ac­count that there are sev­eral

plots which have been sub-leased and change of use has hap­pened at a lot of places for com­mer­cial gains.”

Con­firm­ing that the or­der has been is­sued and that NMMC will get it soon, Cidco joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor V Radha said: “Our agree­ment with the NMMC is very clear. The plot has been leased to en­sure that all the beds are pro­vided to res­i­dents at zero cost. At the pri­vate hos­pi­tal that NMMC has en­tered into an agree­ment with, only 10% beds have been re­served for the eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions. This is a bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the agree­ment.”

She added, “We are tak­ing ac­tion against all those who have vi­o­lated the terms of agree­ment with Cidco. There are a num­ber of cases and it is not as if any­one par­tic­u­lar has been sin­gled out. We are go­ing to come hard on all such vi­o­la­tions.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The NMMC has sub-leased the plot to For­tis-Hi­ranan­dani Hos­pi­tal at Vashi.

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