The Bombay high court ruled in favour of PIL filed by RTI activist Sandeep Thakur about NMMC subletting two floors of civic hospital to Fortis Hiranandani hospital management. Thakur’s PIL stated that the sub-letting is against the terms of the lease agreement executed between CIDCO and NMMC.
The High Court order was passed during the hearing held on December 16, directing the state, managing director of CIDCO and NMMC to take appropriate decision within three months of the order.
The counsel appearing for NMMC submitted to the HC that in 2006-07, the two floors were given to Hiranandani management on assurance that they would be treating the NMMC-referred patients at concessional rate. He added that every year 800 patients are referred by civic hospital to Fortis Hiranandani for availing the super specialty treatment.
“As it was not feasible for the civic hospital to provide super specialty treatment to patients, we have followed the footstep of BMC by operating the super speciality hospital on public-private partnership,” said NMMC chief Dinesh Waghmare.
But the petitioner said, “The civic body has breached the lease agreement with CIDCO and hence it was illegal to sub-let the hospital premises to a private hospital and allow the latter to make profits.”
CIDCO’s advocate submitted to the court that CIDCO administration has issued a show cause notice to NMMC ‘but it seems the issue is lingering’. Waghmare said that NMMC has replied to CIDCO’s show cause notice