KIMS refuses to pay penalty to Palike

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which slapped a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) for failing to maintain hygiene on its campus, has got an unlikely reply from the hospital management.

Vokkaligara Sangha, which manages the KIMS, has stated that it had ‘no connection’ with the building in question.

KIMS president Kenchappa Gowda and other members met the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike officials last week over the issue. Gowda told Deccan Herald that there was no relation between the under-construction building and the Institute.

“The building is a hostel for postgraduate students and is located away from the campus.
Although our management is not concerned with the construction, we have cleaned the place and submitted a report to the Palike,” he said.

The Health department of the Palike had slapped penalty on the KIMS, allegedly for not ensuring hygiene on its campus.

Gowda said since the building did not belong to the KIMS management, it will not pay any penalty.

The KIMS president said the postgraduate hostel building was being constructed as per the guidelines of the Medical Council of India.

“The Palike, which is not able to handle the garbage menace in the City, is penalising others for not maintaining hygiene,” he said.

Dr Devaki Umesh, the Palike’s chief health officer, in a statement had said the mosquito breeding spot at the under-construction site had been cleaned and fogging had been carried out.

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