The Bombay High Court bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice Girish Kulkarni, on Wednesday, said that BMC has not lived up to the expectations on implementing the door-to-door inoculation drive. A PIL was received by the bench from advocate Dhruti Kapadia, demanding the door-to-door vaccination for the older adults and the bed-ridden patients who cannot go to the vaccination centers.
Advocate Kapadia, in the hearing, said to the bench that other states like Bihar, Odisha, and J&K have already started the door-to-door vaccination drive. She further questioned that all these states have done it without any intervention from the court, so why Maharashtra is not implementing it effectively?
Chief justice noted on the earlier hearing that, BMC was all set to begin the Vaccination drive door-to-door, but was waiting for permission from the Central Government, said the senior counsel Anil Sakhare, who was putting the case for BMC. To this, Chief justice said, “A senior politician got vaccinated at his home in Mumbai. Who administered it? was that BMC or some other authority, we want to know the details.”
Adding to this, he said, that HC expects more from the civic body, and BMC
is showcased as the model for the entire country about managing the crisis. Further, he made the statement that “Sorry to say but you have not stood up to our expectations”. The bench asked the central government to take a look at the matter and present the decisions on the next hearing date.