SC notice to Haryana on land use for Faridabad hospital

Land use for establishing a 450-bed super-specialty hospital in Faridabad has come under the scanner of the Supreme Court, which sought an explanation from the Haryana government on a petition alleging the five-acre of land on prime Delhi-Mathura highway was being used in contravention of the terms of the lease.

A bench of Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Madan B Lokur issued notices to the state government and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), seeking responses within four weeks to the petition filed by social worker Krishan Lal Gera.

Havells India, an electrical equipment company, with QRG Enterprises, which is the promoter group of the Rs 7,200-crore worth company, is in the process of setting up the hospital in Faridabad.

This facility, being built with an investment of close to Rs 270 crore plans to be called QRG Health City. It adds to the group’s 140-bed multi-specialty hospital in Faridabad.

The petitioner, a Faridabad resident, claimed in the SC that the land, now worth about Rs 250 crore, was initially allotted to the Vivekanand Ashram Society for establishment of a residential school and a social development centre for Dalit students. It was allotted for a lease of 99 years for a meagre sum of about Rs 1.2 lakh in 1978.

According to the petition, the land, however, has now been taken for construction of a 450-bed multi-specialty hospital by Qimat Rai Gupta and his family members — owners of multinational companies namely Havells India Limited and QRG Central Hospital and Research Centre.

The petitioner, through advocate Vivek Gupta, challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgment of July 23 and December 18, 2013. The High Court had refused to intervene in the matter, after noting that HUDA, being the land owning authority, was already seized of the matter.

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