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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM (IST)

Inform HC about IGMC parking facility: CS told

Vijay Arora

Shimla, June 13

Taking a serious note on the issue of parking problem in the state’s only multi specialty hospital, IGMC, the HP High Court has directed the Chief Secretary to file his personal affidavit stating therein proposed action/plan, if any, to be taken by the state for providing adequate car parking.

The court directed him to indicate in his affidavit complete details with regard to the vehicles owned and parked by doctors and employees in and around the IGMC and approximate inflow of patients/visitors to teh hospital. The court cautioned the Chief Secretary that in case the affidavit was not filed on or before the next date of hearing, he would personally remain present in the court.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma observed: “Having noticed indifferent, callous and uncaring approach of planners/ authorities concerned, this court has no hesitation to conclude that authorities, responsible for providing basic infrastructure to general public, either have no vision or they are least bothered, but we must remind such people that one day they may themselves be the casualty/victim of their such attitude.”

The bench said: “We are fully conscious and alive to the settled position that it is none of our domains to frame policy, rather it is the government of the day which has to take a decision and frame policies, but having noticed blatant inaction on the part of the authorities inasmuch as providing adequate parking at the IGMC, we cannot shut our eyes.”

The court further said, “Ironically, in the last four decades, none of the elected governments has bothered to address the parking problem at the IGMC. Undisputedly, the IGMC has expanded manifolds in the last four decades and many new concrete buildings have come up, but shockingly/ surprisingly, authorities never considered/ decided to have multi-storeyed parking in and around the IGMC.”

The court passed these directions on a PIL filed by Yogesh Chandel highlighting the parking problem at the IGMC. He alleged that no adequate parking facility was provided in and around the IGMC due to which patients and their attendants suffer.


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