There is comforting news for the people of Maharashtra since the state continues with the highest number of COVID19 deaths and cases in India. A high-ranking official said on Wednesday that a mega makeshift hospital-like Wuhan’s in China would soon be set up in the city of Mumbai. The large hospital facility is being constructed on the vast plot of the Mumbai Metro Political Regional Development Authority, at the Bandra Kurla complex commercial hub.
“The work on the hospital started on April 28. It will be ready within a fortnight as a major isolation facility for non-critical Covid-19 cases,” an MMRDA official told IANS. The hospital will occupy the ground normally used for exhibitions, political rallies and mega cultural-social events.
On May 5, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde — who is overseeing the project — visited the BKC to review the progress of the work. “The 1,000-bed hospital is coming up on the lines of the hospital in Wuhan,” said Shinde later.
MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner R.A. Rajeev is overseeing the entire process of the critical facility, which is the biggest so far taken up by the state government in the city.
On April 28, when the work started, MMRDA had tweeted: “…. started construction of 1,000 beds
quarantine and isolation facility for COVID-19 at BKC exhibition ground. It will add additional facility up to 5,000 beds if there is a requirement in future.”
Recently, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh also visited the site and inspected the work which the MMRDA will hand over to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The new hospital will have oxygen facilities, pathological laboratory, laundry, cabins for doctors and nurses and other requirements.
Mumbai is currently the worst hit in India in terms of Covid-19 casualties and cases, sparking huge concern among the medicos and the masses. It has emerged as the country’s corona capital with 9,945 patients and 387 casualties till date.