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Shimla, March 21

The Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, while placing on record the report of inspection carried out by him on 07.03.2022, revealed that 18 sets in five blocks of the building are in dire need of repair and renovation as the wall is broken in which cracks have appeared, water pipes are leaking, sewer system is totally damaged and toilet pipes are also in bad condition. he also filed an affidavit in the State high court and tendered apology for not being able to comply earlier directions.

This report and affidavit was filed by Deputy commissioner Shimla after an order by the court on March 7, wherein a division bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua had directed Secretary (Social Justice & Empowerment), Director (Health), to the Govt. of H.P., Deputy Commissioner Shimla and District Welfare Officer, District Shimla, to appear personally before the Court on 21.03.2022, to explain as to why compliance of the orders regarding inspection of the Leprosy Home situated at Leprosy Colony, Phagli, Shimla and its necessary repair work was not made.

Hearing the matter today, the The High Court further directed the State Government to periodically get all the inmates of Leprosy Home at Phagli, Shimla, medically examined and provide them medication at State’s expense. The Court also directed the State not to charge any amount towards rent, electricity and water from the inmates of Leprosy Home, as the State being a Welfare State is under an obligation to provide such services to those inflicted with such disease. The Court further directed the State to inform whether the inmates of Leprosy Home have any job to do and what others facilities are being provided to them.

A Division Bench passed these orders on a petition filed by one Neeraj Shashwat alleging the lack of basic amenities and pathetic condition of a dilapidated building at Phagli, Shimla for Leprosy patients.  He has alleged that the matter was taken up with the various authorities but none of them has shown any interest to improve the condition of these deprived people.

The inspection report by the DC further revealed that the roof is leaks in rainy season, electric fitting and repair work is very much required, sheds have been constructed above the colony which exhales dirty water into the colony through the gutter, there is no boundary wall and erection of the same is necessary. It has been also pointed in the inspection report that installation of CCTV Cameras and deployment of security guard is also very much needed as the residents informed miscreants hover around during the night.

The Court was informed that an amount of Rs.47,85,200/- has been sanctioned, which now stands deposited with the H.P. Public Works Department. The tender notice for the aforesaid repair work has been issued and the work shall be completed within 55 days.

During the course of hearing, the Counsel for the petitioner informed that the building in question was constructed only about 10 years ago through the Public Works Department, but presently the condition of the building is so bad as if it were constructed several decades ago. The Senior Additional Advocate General appearing for the respondents submitted that the State would find out as to who was the contractor at that time and shall ensure that appropriate action is taken against him.

The matter has been posted for 25.04.2022.


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