Delhi High Court has allowed the hotels, who have been approached by the Delhi Government for using their premises as COVID facilities, to raise their concerns before the Delhi Government who shall deal with the same in accordance with law.
The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla has allowed the said hotels to approach the Delhi Government with their concerns regarding the compensation payable, timely payment of the same, supply of the PPE kits, staff availability etc.
The order has come in a writ petition filed by certain hotels, who have been named by the Delhi as extended COVID hospitals, challenging the feasibility of using their premises for treating COVID patients.
In the previous order, the Delhi High Court had constituted a Committee of Doctors to inspect the feasibility of certain hotels to be used as extended COVID hospitals by the Delhi Government.
To check whether using these hotels as COVID facilities would have any adverse effect on the staff working therein, the Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla had asked the said committee to look into the matter and submit a report on or before June 14.
Today, ASG Sanjay Jain, who appeared for the government, informed the court that that the Report submitted by the Committee is acceptable to the government and all steps indicated therein shall be taken by the government before putting the hotels in question into operation as COVID Hospitals.
The Petitioners had highlighted various issues such as presence of air conditioning, the lack of large lifts which are capable of being used for stretchers, lack of bio-waste disposal, as also the measure to safeguard the hotel work force that may be required by the hotels for providing services stipulated in multiple orders of the Delhi Government.
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