Mumbai: Amidst the residential area of Khar (west), lies a five storey maternity home which is not functional since the time it was constructed. The maternity home, which is just opposite to the Khar Gymkhana, is a property of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and has been lying vacant since the past seven years.
The maternity home was constructed by Diwan builders and was then handed over to the BMC on the basis of accommodation reservation policy. But since the time of its construction, the hospital has never started. The property is locked at present without any caretaker.
Residents have complained that the maternity home was constructed for the people but after constructing it the BMC realised that there was no need for a maternity home. The whole building is dark during the night as there is no activity happening over there. A resident said, “I have never seen anyone entering the maternity home and the structure lies completely vacant amidst the adjacent residential complexes. If the BMC did not want to start this facility, why did they construct it?”
Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer of the BMC, told Free Press Journal, “There is no need for a maternity home or a hospital in that area as there are other hospitals like Bhabha hospital nearby. The hospital has been dysfunctional since over seven years but we will now try to use it for any other alternate facility.”
A watchman of the adjacent building said, “The authorities are not even bothered to either clean or maintain this home. Every monsoon we write a letter to the BMC to clean this property as it gets flooded due to water logging. The structure could be given on rent and can be used for residential purposes.”
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