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Court push for hospital upgrade
- PIL issues range from encroachment to denial of bus service

Cuttack, Jan. 6: Orissa High Court today issued fresh orders for the opening of a control room at S.C.B. Medical College Hospital which would receive online complaints round the clock and display duty list by the head of departments in front of their respective departments along with their telephone numbers.

The court further directed the advocates’ committee to make a field visit to the hospital on December 8 and submit a report on compliance of the order.

The two-judge bench of Justice B.P. Das and Justice M.M. Das issued the order while hearing the PILs on civic problems in Cuttack. The court expressed dissatisfaction that the orders, though issued on November 24, had not been implemented as yet. Affidavits submitted before the court had stated that orders had been issued for installing the display boards in front of the departments and steps were being taken for the online complaint facility.

The court also took serious note of complaints about slum-dwellers continuing to stay along the boundary walls on the eastern fringe of the S.C.B. Medical College Hospital even after eviction from the nearby Jai Maa Mangala Basti. The bench sought a report on the issue from the collector of Cuttack.

The issue of the non-inclusion of Cuttack in one of the routes of the recently introduced city bus service for Bhubaneswar also came up during the hearing.

The high court sought details from the state urban development secretary as to why the bus service route cannot be extended to Cuttack instead of terminating it at Phulnakhara, when Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are twin cities.

According to officials, the city bus service for Bhubaneswar and Puri was made operational under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme with financial assistance of both the state and central governments.

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