The Bombay High Court has allowed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to use a private residential building, it had requisitioned, as a quarantine facility. It has also asked the civic body to pay a monthly sum of Rs 28.38 lakh as expenses for more than 900 high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients from the E-ward who are under institutional quarantine in the private building in Byculla.
On June 19, the court had allowed the BMC to use a building constructed by Neelkamal Realtors Tower, provided the civic body paid a transit rent for the 218 residential and commercial tenants for temporarily taking over the property as an institutional quarantine facility.
A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and N R Borkar allowed the use of the building as quarantine centre as majority of its tenants did not object to the BMC’s decision. However, nine tenants had filed an intervention plea, through advocate Vivek Shukla, objecting to the civic body’s move.
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