Coronavirus Pandemic: BMC turns Andheri sports complex into migrant shelter home

Most of the labourers are daily wage workers at construction sites in the city. Once the national lockdown was imposed, construction projects across the city got stalled.

Coronavirus Pandemic: BMC turns Andheri sports complex into migrant shelter home
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Amid the national lockdown, to aid migrants and daily wage workers stranded in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has transformed civic-run recreational Andheri Sports Complex into a temporary shelter home.

After PM Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across the country, numerous reports were describing that pilgrims and labourers from other states had been stuck in Maharashtra.  Following which, State Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray had informed that they have reached out to district collectors to ensure that the migrants and pilgrims are looked after.

Most of the labourers are daily wage workers at construction sites in the city. Once the national lockdown was imposed, construction projects across the city got stalled. After which, most of them had decided to head back to their hometowns. To dissuade them from leaving, the civic body has set up temporary shelter facilities.

The civic-run Shahaji Raje (Andheri) Sports complex situated beside Azad Nagar metro station in the suburbs has been made a temporary shelter of daily wage workers living in the city.

Earlier, CM Uddhav Thackeray had also asked the migrants not to leave their homes as necessary arrangements had been made by the ministry to ensure a controlled condition to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

The state has been the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with 320 cases being reported as of April 1. Yesterday, an update from the State Health Department, revealed that the number of Coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra had increased by 72, showing a sudden spike in the number of cases in the city.

On Tuesday, health minister Rajesh Tope shared that out of 230 coronavirus patients undergoing treatment in Maharashtra, the condition of five is serious. They are in ICU, on ventilator support. The rest seem to be doing okay for now. At the time of making this statement, 10 people had died due to this disease in the state.

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