NOIDA: The Noida Authority has launched a scheme to rehabilitate the 50-odd nursing homes displaced by a Supreme Court order. The Authority has invited bids for non-residential plots ranging between 1,000 and 2,000 square metres across the city. Nursing homes having annual turnover of more than Rs 50 lakh can bid for a plot having an area of at least 1,000 metres, while those with an annual turnover of more than Rs 1 crore only buy plots of up to 2,000 sqm.
The scheme was approved in the Authority’s board meeting on Wednesday. Those nursing home owners, who had to shut operations from residential plots following the directions of the Supreme Court on December 5 last year, can apply for the alternate plots by August 6.
To begin with, a scheme for 11 plots across the city, ranging between 1,000 and 2,000 sqm, has been launched. In case more nursing homes show interest, the Authority will think about allotting more plots. Noida Authority CEO, Sanjiv Saran, said that the price of the plots will be at par with prevailing prices in the sectors where they will be located.
The Authority’s decision to help the displaced nursing homes relocate is in accordance with the Supreme Court order dated May 4, 2012. The court had at the time directed the Authority to allot land at reasonable rates within three months.
The court had also clarified that the benefit will not apply to individual doctors.
Following the December 5, 2011 Supreme Court ruling directing all nursing homes and banks to shift out of residential plots, the Noida Authority had directed them to shut operations immediately. The Authority then conducted a new survey of the residential sectors to identify defaulting nursing homes and to segregate them from clinics that are operating from the permissible 25% area of the total FAR of residential plots.
Displaced nursing home owners then approached the apex court seeking relief. Subsequently, the Supreme Court permitted clinics to house one bed for emergency cases on the condition that the area of operation would be restricted to the permissible 25% area of the ground floor of their respective premises