Bhandup Sunrise Hospital: BMC hastened nod for deadly hospital in mall | Mumbai News - Times of India

Bhandup Sunrise Hospital: BMC hastened nod for deadly hospital in mall | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: Last April, the BMC had created a WhatsApp group called ‘Revival Sunrise Hospital’ to fast-track approvals for Bhandup’s Sunrise Hospital located inside Dreams Mall. In fact, the application by Dr Nikita Trehan, director of Privilege Healthcare Services, to allow the hospital to start operations by way of a provisional occupation certificate (OC) was received on this WhatsApp group and processed by BMC’s building proposal (BP) department.
Early on Friday, a major fire broke out in the mall and spread to the hospital located on the third floor. Over 70 patients were rescued and 11 bodies found.
The fire was extinguished on Saturday–after 40 hours
According to the final report prepared by sub-engineer Vijay Pawar (BP department) on May 1, 2020, a detailed request was sent to then BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi via email with the notesheet on the representation from Dr Trehan dated April 25, 2020, received on the WhatsApp group.
In view of the pandemic, the BMC wanted to start the hospital as soon as possible and several mandatory requirements for grant of provisional OC were ignored in Sunrise’s case, which included unauthorised construction in shops on the first and second floors of the mall and reported FSI violation and unauthorised work carried out on the hospital premises on the third floor.
The hospital management had requested that the mall irregularities be delinked from it for grant of provisional OC. However, the BMC delinked irregularities of the hospital premises too. “To delink the mezzanine work carried out in shops on lower floors. The work of the hospital portion is carried out without endorsement of commencement certificate. So this unauthorised work needs to be regularised by consuming any additional FSI if any, by duly obtaining permission for the same and by charging penalty towards regularisation,” Pawar’s report stated.
BMC records also showed that the hospital management had claimed in the WhatsApp group that they had obtained consent from HDIL for provisional OC and they would need to consume additional FSI when they regularise any violations on the hospital premises. The management also stated that an administrator appointed by the National Company Law Tribunal was running the mall.
“All hospital permissions and licences…are in order and have nothing to do with the mall compliances. We wish to clarify that Dreams Mall is being run by the administrator and the original owners, Rakesh and Sarang Wadhawan, were nowhere involved in the management… since 2018. It is written in the court order that the administrator is responsible for the hazards…Sunrise Hospital had filed a complaint against the administrator and appealed to police to take action against him,” the hospital stated.

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