The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has asked the management of Apollo Hospitals situated in Jubilee Hills to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh, for releasing water out of their gate, which in turn damaged the road laid by the municipal body.
The incident came to light during an inspection by GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore and Zonal Commissioner Musharaf Ali who inspected some areas under the Khairatabad Zone along with officials of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB).
The GHMC in a press release said that the Commissioner noticed a newly laid road in a damaged state. An inspection was carried out and officials noticed that the road was damaged from the entrance gate of the hospital due to continuous flow of water.
“The GHMC Commissioner noticed that water is being let out from Apollo Hospital Main Gate (Emergency Entrance) from where it is going to the BT road and causing damage to the entire stretch. In this regard, the Commissioner has instructed that a penalty of Rs 2,00,000 be imposed on the hospital’s management for causing inconvenience to the public and ambulances,” the notice served to the Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals reads.
This is not the first time that the GHMC has taken such a step.
In August last year, the municipal body fined a construction firm Rs 10 lakh and filed a case against the company at the Banjara Hills police station for damage to public property, after the builders pumped water from their cellar, on to the road. The complainant was then GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan himself, who observed the water flowing on the newly-laid road.
The GHMC has insisted that such water is to be let out into storm water drains and not on to the roads, which would be considered damage to public property, as it was causing inconvenience to several commuters.