The BMC has proposed a major amendment to the Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR) 2034, to facilitate opening of nursing homes on any floor of commercial or non-residential buildings without insisting on a separate access.
At present, nursing homes are allowed up to the second floor in residential and commercial zones with separate access. Even in fully commercial buildings, the provision of a separate staircase for nursing homes is insisted by the BMC.
The amendment will be applicable to healthcare facilities without beds, like dental clinics, pathology labs, diagnostic clinics, eye clinics and veterinary clinics. It will also apply to facilities with beds like maternity homes, nursing homes, eye hospitals, polyclinics and other allied medical facilities.
A BMC officer said the DCPR of 1991 allowed nursing homes, but the DCPR of 2034 was vague on this and did not allow any such healthcare facilities in commercial buildings.
Welcoming the move, medical consultants’ association head Deepak Baid said, “This will allow more nursing homes to come up and healthcare will eventually improve. It will also legalise some of the nursing homes that faced harassment from the BMC. More options will be available for the needy.”