The UCMS student union has also raised the same issue and the teaching body has shown solidarity with their demand.
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“We, the UCMS faculty, appreciate and support this initiative to develop dedicated Covid infrastructure in East Delhi. However, we find that … the proposed building site will damage the rich biodiverse green area …, when it is in fact, there is availability of land (under the Delhi government) in the nearby areas, “the letter to Jain read. They also mentioned the Delhi government initiative to rejuvenate Delhi’s lakes and greenery and said that they “understand the importance of the green environment.”
They urged Jain to “consider relocating the proposed hospital in the nearby area and thus promote sustainable development.”
“The proposed site is already a playground that is an essential feature of a medical education institute. The endangered green area is an internationally recognized hotspot for birds. We find that the National Green Court also recommends preserving the green zone and biodiversity, one of those recent instances is from the University of Delhi, “the letter said.
They also said that there is already a Covid management facility on the nearby Ramlila land that is currently underutilized.
“Furthermore, the building in the proposed area could also make the surrounding area unsafe for the girls’ and nursing shelters around it. The ruling political establishment in the Delhi government is known for its participatory leadership. through various mohalla samitis, RWA involvement, etc., “they said.
Satyendar Jain had recently said that the government will build seven new hospitals in the national capital in six months using a pre-fab construction technique.
The hospitals will be located in Sarita Vihar, Shalimar Bagh, Sultanpuri, Kirari, Raghubir Nagar, GTB Hospital Campus and Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya.