Coronavirus Pandemic: Gymkhanas to be turned into quarantine centres

Coronavirus Pandemic: Gymkhanas to be turned into quarantine centres

Anticipating the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to take over PJ Hindu Gymkhana, along with the one at Marine Drive. These gymkhanas will be converted into a quarantine centre for COVID-19 patients or their contacts.

As per a TOI report, BMC is set to take over all the six gymkhanas at Marine Drive (Police, Catholic, Grand Medical, Hindu, Islam and Parsee). Usually, the gymkhana grounds are filled with people playing sports but with the lockdown in place, they are empty which will allow the civic body to utilise these in isolating COVID-19 patients or their contacts.

Pranav Chikal, the honorary joint secretary of PJ Hindu Gymkhana stated that the assistant commissioner of C-ward had told they will be taking over the place from Thursday.

Yusuf Abrani, the president of Islam Gymkhana and an ex-MLA told TOI that BMC officials had inspected Islam Gymkhana a few days ago. He added that they were the first gymkhana ready to offer their premises to BMC for the purpose.

The BMC has been under a lot of pressure with fresh cases emerging every day. The BMC along with state officials have been making necessary arrangements to deal with the new cases every day in Mumbai, which still remains the worst-affected area in Maharashtra. In one such step, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had undertaken a project involving the construction of a 1000-bed quarantine facility.

The 1000-bed quarantine and isolation facility was being constructed at BKC Exhibition Ground. MMRDA also stated that it can expand the facility by adding up to 5000 beds if there is a requirement in the future. 

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