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The Telangana High Court on 23.07.2020 directed the state to inform them within a week about the status of the renovation of the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) buildings in Hyderabad. They also need to submit the details of old buildings and heritage area within the OGH complex.

Brief Facts of the Case

Healthcare Reforms Doctors’ Association filed the present PIL. They sought the immediate construction of new buildings. They wanted to pave the way for shifting the hospital into new buildings. Moreover, Senior Citizens and NGOs society filed the other PIL. They questioned the decision of the state. Since the state released only 6 crores for the construction of new buildings, they also questioned why the state did not release much while they had 200 crores for the purpose.

Submission of the Respondent

Sanjeev Kumar was the special counsel for the state. He said that a team of experts had inspected the OGH buildings in July 2019. The team furnished their findings in the form of a report. A copy of this report was filed in the Court.

The state had left untouched the area and buildings that were known as heritage, and started renovating other buildings in the complex. This renovation work commenced in August 2019.

Observation of the Court

The Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan heard the PILs. The bench also consisted of Justice B Vijaysen Reddy. There were two sets of PILs in the matter with diametrically opposite prayers. One wanted the state to demolish the old structure and raise a new structure in its place. While another set of pleas said that these buildings should not be touched as they are heritage buildings.

Consequently, the Court asked the state about the part of the complex which was declared as heritage.

The Direction of the Court

The bench sought to know the status of this renovation work which began almost 11 months ago. The Court directed the special counsel to furnish the details by the next date of hearing. Consequently, the case has been posted to the next week.


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