LAHORE: Justice Abdus Sattar Asghar of the Lahore High Court directed the Punjab government and the LDA to submit all record regarding the feasibility of the project and other expertise that lead to the demolition of the historical building of the Lady Willingdon Hospital for the construction of a flyover at Azadi Chowk.
The judge also extended the stay until March 3 against the demolition. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Dr Yasmin Rashid and the Young Doctors Association had filed the petitions.
Muhammad Azhar Siddique, the counsel for the petitioners, submitted that the government was wasting huge money from public exchequer to build a flyover to strengthen the Metro Bus Service project.
He said that to complete this project; the government had planned to demolish a huge portion of this historical hospital. He submitted that the hospital was constructed on an area of 120 kanals 83 years ago, and a USAID team also showed its concern over the facilities there, and recommended upgrading the hospital, but the Punjab government showed no concern in this regard. He said that this hospital had a facility of 300 beds and people get treatment free of cost.
He submitted that at this hospital, 14,000 births take place every year, and about 500 patients get treatment daily. He said that in proportion to the increase in population, health facilities were not increased at the hospital, and the government was curtailing the existing health facilities. Azhar submitted that the petitioner had already given a notice to the authorities concerned, about which they did not bother and were preparing to demolish the building. He said that this step of demolishing the hospital was in violation of articles 14, 10A, 9, 24, 23, 19A, 16, 15 and 25A of the constitution.
He said due to the construction work at Azadi Chowk, ways to the hospital had been closed and the patients had to enter it by walking for several hundred yards.
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