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Unauthorized Construction: Delhi HC Directs Contactor To Supply 250 PPE Kits To Covid Hospitals & Crematories [Read Order]

16 Jun 2020 8:31 AM GMT
Unauthorized Construction: Delhi HC Directs Contactor To Supply 250 PPE Kits To Covid Hospitals & Crematories [Read Order]
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The Delhi High Court recently directed a construction contractor to supply 250 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE kits) to certain government hospitals in the city, where testing and/or treatment facilities for COVID-19 is being carried out.

The bench of Justice Najmi Waziri was hearing the contractor's (Chaudhary Ventures Pvt. Ltd) plea against sealing of his property by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, on grounds of unauthorized construction.

Though the bench allowed the Petitioner to carry out rectification work according to the sanctioned plan, it also directed the Petitioner to provide some protection to the medical staff/ healthcare workers engaged in combating the pandemic.

"In view of the global pandemic, resulting in the countrywide lockdown, there is constant apprehension of contracting the disease from anyone. It is the need of the hour that hose engaged in the frontlines of dealing with the pandemic and the resultant casualties are provided protective gear," Justice Waziri observed while directing the Petitioner to supply ICMR approved PPE kits to the following Covid-dedicated hospitals:

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences;
  • State TB Training and Demonstration Centre;
  • Department of Microbiology, National Institute of TB and Respiratory Diseases;
  • Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.

The court further observed some PPEs have to be provided to those dealing with the last rites of pandemic related casualties. It thus directed the Petitioner to supply 25 PPE kits each to the Lodi Road Crematorium and to the Panj Peeran graveyard (under Delhi Wakf Board).

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