JORHAT, Sept 7 - The Jorhat district administration has decided to issue closure notice to one private nursing home in the heart of the town and another at Jail Road near the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital for not adhering to the building construction laws, rules and regulations of the State Health department and Disaster Management Act, 2005.
A district administration source told The Assam Tribune that a meeting chaired by the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar yesterday evening took the decision to issue closure notice to the nursing home at a road connecting the busy AT Road here against which there were several complaints of violation of government rules and regulations for building construction and running a hospital.
The source said that Konwar had chaired the District Registration Committee having the Deputy Commissioner as the Chairman and district Joint Director of Health as Member-Secretary, formed under the State Clinical Establishments Act, 2016.
Officials from Jorhat Municipal Board, District Disaster Management Authority, Pollution Control Board (Sivasagar zonal office) and State Country and Town Planning department are members of this committee.
The source said that the meeting found that the multi-storied private nursing home adjacent to the AT Road, almost had no vehicle parking space which is an important requirement for a building and for a nursing home to operate.
It has been found that the said nursing home after being issued notice by the administration for compliance of the relevant rules and regulations recently, has failed to do so, the source said.
Primarily, regarding the lack of sufficient parking space, the nursing home after getting the notice has put up a board stating that additional parking lot has been arranged in a nearby campus of a private firm. The source said that was not acceptable under the law.
In view of the violations, the meeting took the decision to issue closure notice from the administration at the earliest, the source said.
If the said nursing home did not close down after getting the notice then the district administration will seal the place, the meeting decided, source stated.
In the case of the another private nursing home, the meeting found that the third floor of the nursing home was illegally constructed without obtaining the permission from the concerned authorities, the source disclosed. The nursing home authorities had taken permission to construct only the ground floor plus two floors.
The source said that the administration will initially issue notice to stop using the third floor and if the nursing home authorities did not comply then the administration will seal the floor.
The meeting also decided to issue notice to another private nursing home at Malow-Ali to stop using the X-ray machine installed in the centre as the nursing home authorities have not obtained the mandatory �No objection certificate� from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) based in Mumbai.
The source further disclosed that following complaints from people residing near the said nursing home of noise pollution caused by the generator, the meeting directed the PCB to carry out an investigation to find out whether the sound caused by the hospital generator was within the permissible decibels as per norms of the PCB.