Delhi Health minister Satyendra Jain has written to the Union Ministry of Urban Development seeking the cancellation of land allotments made to private companies, for construction of hospitals at 18 sites in the capital.
Stretching over approximately 50 acres in different parts of the city, government officials said the plots had been allotted to the private players over 44 years ago.
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However, a government official said, “Construction on the plots was supposed to start in three years of allotment. However, no construction has been carried out so far. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is supposed to cancel the allotment if the construction is not carried out in the stipulated period.”
The minister has asked the Centre to take back the 18 plots of land from these private firms and hand them over to the Delhi government for the construction of hospitals and dispensaries.
Delhi government officials said that this was a clear sign of “land-hoarding”.
“Precious land in prime localities of Delhi is awarded to non-serious players. They are just waiting to sell the land at the opportune time while the people of Delhi are deprived of health facilities they deserve,” a government official said.
According to the official, the Delhi government had written to the DDA twice about revoking the 18 allotments made to parties.