Fortis chief denies land offer made to DDA

New Delhi, Nov 18 | Updated: Nov 19 2005, 05:57am hrs
Harpal Singh, chairman, Fortis Healthcare Ltd, has denied that his company had ever made an offer to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to purchase Escorts Hospital land. "We have never made any such an offer. In fact, Fortis has not had any meeting with the DDA in this regard," he said.

He also said he had no knowledge of the Rs 400 crore offer Escorts Hearts Institute supposedly made to pay DDA last year for land purchase. He informed that Escorts had made an offer to the DDA in May 2004, seeking exemption from the clause that makes it mandatory for the hospital to allot 25% of its beds to weaker sections of society. But that offer was only for Rs 20 crore or less.

"Escorts also never made the Rs 400 crore offer. I do not know where this figure came from," he said.

On whether Fortis will make such an offer to the DDA in future, he said that Fortis is waiting for the court's verdict. It will honour court's decision.

"Any future moves will depend on the court's verdict," said Mr Singh DDA had earlier cancelled Escort's land lease on the grounds that the land had been given at concessional rates in 1982 on the condition that it will provide at least 25% of its beds to weaker sections of society.