In view of the delay in construction of the de-addiction centre within the complex of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday summoned the Chandigarh’s chief architect as well as senior town planner for explanation.
The directions came from the court headed by Justice Rajive Bhalla during the resumed hearing of a case filed by Talwinder Pal Singh.
On the last date of hearing, Dr Atul Sachdev, director principal, Government Medical College and Hospital, had informed the court that a proposal for a 40-bedded de-addiction-cum-rehabilitation centre in Sector 32 had been forwarded to the quarters concerned. The court was also informed that the plan had been approved by the Health Secretary but was pending before the Chief Architect, for identification of a suitable site. On this, the court had directed the chief architect to file a reply.
But during the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, the court was annoyed that the administration had not moved ahead with the process for construction of the de-addiction centre. Hence, the court directed the Chief Architect and the Senior Town Planner to remain present in the court on May 8 with their replies.
At the same time, the court also directed the Punjab government to file its reply about not spending the amount sanctioned by the Central government to the state government for construction of de-addiction centres. During the hearing of the case, senior advocate Atul Lakhanpal informed the court that the Punjab government had not been able to utilise the amount sanctioned by the Central government for de-addiction centres. The Punjab government had informed the court earlier that as many as 17 government Drug Rehabilitation Centres (50-bedded) were under construction, which were likely to be completed by the end of April.