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Dibrugarh admin acts tough with nursing homes over parking space

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, July 26 - Acting tough with private nursing homes for flouting norms, particularly for lack of parking space, the district administration on Wednesday directed the owners to vacate all chambers, reception counters, pharmacies and other allied rooms, including the generator rooms at the basement, to make space for adequate parking by July 31 or forfeit their licences to run their nursing homes.

In a meeting held with the owners of private nursing homes on Wednesday over parking issue, local Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri said that under the new revised building bye-laws, providing adequate parking space within the premises of the nursing homes is mandatory. The Deputy Commissioner told the owners that required permission must be immediately sought from the departments concerned to ensure that enough parking space was available within their premises.

In may be mentioned here that a recent survey had disclosed that private nursing homes like Archana Trauma and Orthopedic Hospital, Sun Diagnostic, MGM Hospital, GM Hospital and HM Hospital were functioning without adequate or no parking space. In view of the findings, the Deputy Commissioner invited the private nursing home owners for a meeting on Wednesday and issued the order strictly.

During the last meeting on July 21, the Deputy Commissioner had advised Archana Trauma and Orthopedic Hospital authorities which had space only for seven vehicles, to convert the entire basement into a parking space. The hospital was also directed to vacate the generator set from the parking area. Besides, the hospital having a permit for running �Physiotherapy Clinic� has been directed to apply afresh for proper permit for the 30-bed hospital from the authorities concerned within ten days

Similarly, the Diagnostic Centre has also been given a ten-day deadline to clear its doctors� chamber, reception counter, pharmacy and other occupied areas at the basement to make space for parking.

The parking space issue within 20-bed GM Hospital and 30-bed HM Hospital was also discussed during the meeting. The HM Hospital authorities had submitted that they had provided parking space at a distance of 500 metres outside the hospital, to which Deputy Commissioner Madduri said that as per rule that was not acceptable.

The Deputy Commissioner directed the owners of the private nursing homes to comply with the order within July 31 or face stern action like closure of the nursing homes, a release stated.

Other private hospitals here too are responsible for clogging up the roads, as their car parking space too are inadequate to accommodate patients� vehicles. In many places, it is seen that car parking spaces are perpetually occupied by doctors and other staff of the nursing homes, leaving no space at all for other cars. Citizens here are demanding that each nursing home must provide for car parking to every patient, and free up the arterial roads here.

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