Around 900 physicians and healthcare workers are taking part in a rally in Ahmedabad against the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) clause for the renewal of hospital and nursing care registration.
Around 900 doctors and staff participated in the march against the BU clause by the AMC for the renewal of registration of hospitals and nursing homes in Ahmedabad. Earlier, Members of the Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) called for a mass protest from Vallabh Sadan, Ashram Road, to the Municipal Commissioner’s office on Tuesday in protest of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) mandatory BU (Building Use) certificate verification, which began this year.
The doctors expressed their disappointment stating that they have provided their best during the times of the pandemic and now when they need help from the AMC, the corporation is restraining. Somewhere around 30 hospitals have received notices. There is a faint idea that around 500 hospitals will be sealed.
Dr. Jigar Shah, joint secretary of AHNA said, “The validity of the existing ‘Form C’ should be extended by a year. We need a proactive and positive approach from the AMC to ensure that after necessary structural changes, wherever possible, Building Use Permission is granted to the building as per the laws prevalent at that time.”
As the city of Ahmedabad developed, various laws related to the buildings and safety popped up suddenly into existence. The Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) was established in 1978 and they started issuing BU since the year 1987. However, till 2002 most buildings did not take a BU as it was not compulsory. The hospitals and nursing homes under the village panchayats do not have a system that provides BU.