Madras HC disproves Govt. Felling trees for Nilgiris Medical College Hospital

  • | Thursday | 17th September, 2020

Past construction of a government medical college hospital in the hill station on lands is on halt now.

The Madras High Court has restrained the state government and district administration of Nilgiris from felling fully grown trees for the ongoing construction of a government medical college hospital in the hill station on lands that were once leased to Hindustan Photo Films Manufacturing Company (HPFMC).

A division bench of Justices M.M. Sundresh and R. Hemalatha were the ones who passed the interim order for advocate V. Ramesh who filed public interest litigation. Then judges put Advocate General (A-G) Vijay Narayan on the task of exploring the possibility of using the already existing building of HPFMC for some allied requirements of the hospital.

They said that even though the company`s current buildings could not be converted into a hospital as prayed for in the present lawsuit by the plaintiff, they could be used as staff quarters for the hospital employees or for other purposes such as a laboratory. By next month, they needed to hear the government`s position.

However, it was brought to the court`s attention by Additional Solicitor General R. Shankaranarayanan that HPFMC, a major public-sector company, could not be termed obsolete. He said the firm had only ceased activities since 2003, and that the Industrial and Financial Rehabilitation Board (BIFR) was also pending to wind up proceedings.

He claimed that HPFMC had recently filed a written petition before a single High Court judge against the resumption by the Nilgiris Collector of 292.71 acres of land without the permission of the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and that notices had been issued on that petition by the State Government and the Collector.

The interim order had been passed as Mr. Ramesh insisted on maintaining the hill station climate.

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