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Misuse of land given for nursing home: BDA notice to Odisha minister’s wife

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 19:

The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has issued a notice to Dr. Jyoti Routray, spouse of Odisha Revenue and Disaster Management minister Bijayshree Routray, asking her to provide information on the approval of the building plan allocated to her for setting up a nursing home in Kharavel nagar area in the capital city.

Signage of the clinic opened at the minister's house
Signage of the clinic opened at the minister’s house

“You are allotted government land at Bhubaneswar by GA department at concessional rate for setting up nursing home/private hospital. As regards to construction of building within Bhubaneswar plan area, you require prior approval of building plan for nursing home/private hospital from BDA,” said a letter of the development authority asking Dr. Routray to furnish the building plan approval within seven days.

However, the much delayed notice of BDA has raised many eyebrows. “The plot was allocated way back in 1988. What was BDA doing all these years? Why has it awakened only now after the whole scam came to fore?”, asked Ramesh Mohanty, a resident of Kharavel Nagar area.

It is to be noted that the land was being used for residential purpose while it had been allocated for setting up of a nursing home to Bijayshree’s MBBS wife. The Odisha government had allocated the land (Plot no A/117) near Shriya cinema hall at Kharavela Nagar at a heavily subsidised price in 1988 to Dr. Jyoti Routray to set up a nursing home.

However, there was no trace of a nursing home or hospital on the land till last month. Instead, the family members of Routray are residing in the house built on the allocated plot.

The notice issued by BDA to Dr. Jyoti Routray, Revenue Minister Bijayshree Routray's wife
The notice issued by BDA to Dr. Jyoti Routray, Revenue Minister Bijayshree Routray’s wife

After a furore the issue raised in the media a few days back, the minister opened a charitable hospital at the plot overnight in a pathetic bid to avoid possible action by the government. A day after a clinic was opened, a joint team of Accountant General (AG), General Administration (GA) department and Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) inspected the premises and found that a clinic was running on the plot.

The GA department has issued show cause notices to 13 individuals or institutions, who had not used the land allocated to them for setting up hospitals or nursing home and had used it for residential or commercial purposes instead.