MMRDA-constructed isolation facility to be functional May 16 onwards

MMRDA-constructed isolation facility to be functional May 16 onwards

In a bid to amplify its efforts in the battle against COVID-19, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had begun constructing a 1000-bed isolation/quarantine facility at the Bandra-Kurla Complex ground.

The development authority has finished the construction and now will be handing the facility for non-critical COVID-19 patients to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on May 16, Saturday. The hospital will have 1,000 beds, 50 per cent of which will have oxygen supply.

“Most of the civil work is done and we expect the rest to be completed in the next two days. All equipment has been procured. The work to set up oxygen lines is also underway,” B.G. Pawar, MMRDA spokesperson, said.

MMRDA had started the construction of the temporary hospital on the exhibition grounds at BKC on March 27 in the wake of an increase in the number of cases in Mumbai. When the work had begun, the grounds did not have critical facilities such as sewage lines, water and electricity connections. However, MMRDA has taken care of the issue and all is now been provided.

This hospital will have a pathology lab with facilities for blood tests, an ECG machine, and rooms for doctors and nurses. It will be housed in a waterproof ‘German tent’ (a hangar-like structure) which would be 235 m in length and 40 m in width. The facility has been made waterproof to ensure that it is operational through the monsoon as well.

Mumbai City Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh and Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray had visited the facility on Wednesday to oversee the progress. The two also visited the medical facility that is being built by the BMC at NSCI for asymptomatic positive cases. The facility is said to have a 40-bed intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients.

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