A row has erupted over the issue of building care homes in a residential area of Chandigarh, with MP Kirron Kher pushing for the project and a standing committee of the trustee’s advisory council opposing it.
UT adviser Manoj Parida said they will now take the matter up to the trustee’s advisory board. “We will discuss this project before the council meeting scheduled for February 10. In fact, the council sub-committee rejected the proposal but we will discuss it at the meeting,” Parida said.
During an interaction with UT Deputy Administrator Singh Badnore last year, MP Kirron Kher put forward the proposal to have nursing homes in residential areas. The proposal has been submitted to the Standing Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Planning.
Sources said the committee rejected the proposal, saying Chandigarh has a serious problem with parking in residential areas and having nursing homes would further add to the chaos and traffic congestion in the areas. .
RK Saboo, a member of the Urban Infrastructure and Planning Committee, said the issue of nursing homes was discussed twice. “The committee felt that nursing homes should not be allowed in the residential areas as this would not only create parking problems but also create disruption for the residents of that area,” Saboo told The Indian Express. .
He added that the committee also addressed the issue of providing medical facilities to residents with this agenda.
MP Kher is pushing for the project as a revival of a 1999 policy where nursing homes were allowed on residential land. The policy had allowed a minimum plot size of 500 square meters for the retirement home and parking space inside and outside the premises, depending on the number of beds.
This 1999 policy was scrapped by the administration in 2005 following parking chaos and traffic jams.
Chandigarh is already facing a lack of space for vehicle parking in residential areas, with vehicles parked on the road outside marla houses. The new parking policy was also formulated with the aim of reducing congestion.
MP Kher writes to Admin
In the letter, Kirron Kher had written: “The request for authorization of retirement homes in residential areas has been persistent by different associations.
There are few private doctors in the city and public hospitals are in high demand. Public hospitals in Chandigarh also cater to patients from neighboring states.
If new private nursing homes are allowed in the residential areas of Chandigarh, as is the case in neighboring states, it will certainly reduce the burden on public hospitals and people will benefit from better healthcare facilities at their doorsteps. It will also generate more employment opportunities for medical and paramedical personnel.