New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the Kejriwal government over its order to convert 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel as a Covid Health facility for Justices and other judicial officers of the Delhi High Court and their families. The Delhi High Court said, “We have not made any such request that you. When did we ask for a 100-bed facility at a five-star hotel? We had only said if a judicial officer or a judge or their family is infected, they should get hospital admission,” the Court said.Also Read - Relief From Scorching Heat: IMD Predicts Cloudy Sky For Next 5 Days in Delhi; Monsoon To Arrive In Kerala Soon
“Our concern is with respect to judicial officers in lower judiciary who have to hold court. We have already lost two judicial officers,” the High Court further added. Also Read - One Dead, 2 Injured As Lanter Of Under-Construction Building Collapses In Delhi’s Mundka Area
In the order, the Delhi government said Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri will run the Community Health Centre (CHC) facility at Ashoka Hotel. Also Read - Fire Erupts in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, No Injury Reported
Pulling up the Delhi govt over the order, the High Court also said, “Can you imagine that we can ask for something like this. People are not getting hospitals and we are asking you for beds in luxury hotels. Media is not wrong. Your order is wrong,”.
On Sunday, in an order issued by the sub-divisional magistrate of Chanakyapuri, it was stated that the COVID facility at Ashoka Hotel will be associated with Primus Hospital. The hospital will run the facility at Ashoka Hotel and also handle the biomedical waste disposal. The staff of the hotel will be provided all protective gear and given basic adequate training, stated the order.
It will also provide ambulance for transfer of patients, while the hotel will provide services, including rooms, housekeeping, disinfection and food, for the patients, it said. The charges for the use of the facility will be collected by the hospital and payment will be made by it to the hotel, it added.