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BMC races to create isolation centres


As experts warn of mid-May peak, ward offices in a position 25,000 beds in colleges, wedding halls, hotels, inns, condominium buildings and sports activities complexes

Days after the Centre’s evaluation workforce stated house quarantine isn't proving to be an efficient containment technique for Covid-19 in Mumbai’s slum pockets and predicted that the collection of cases will peak to 75,000 by means of mid-May, the BMC has begun looking for area to be become isolation and quarantine centres.

Since of the 75,000 projected cases, 63,000 are expected to be asymptomatic, the BMC’s Ides of May protocol is already in play. The technique entails energetic touch tracing, established order of extra Covid- 19 care centres for asymptomatic patients, and increasing the capacity of personal and public hospitals.

In preparation, the civic body has readied 25,000 isolation beds for asymptomatic patients in inns, hotels, sports activities complexes and exhibition centres. In addition, 350 municipal colleges are being prepared to increase the capacity to 35,000 beds. ‘Jumbo facilities’ like wedding halls and gymkhanas with 20,000 beds are being saved on standby.

The Fine Arts Cultural Centre in Chembur has 60 beds in a position


In central Mumbai, which has the most cases, the Visawa MLA hostel and plenty of inns in Worli were bought for institutional quarantine. Podar health center within the house has been become an isolation centre. Earlier, 500 beds have been set up on the National Sports Club of India’s dome in Worli, probably the most greatest tournament venues within the country, for asymptomatic patients. “We are now connecting all beds with oxygen provide traces,” stated a senior civic legit.

In Dharavi, which is proving to a major challenge within the fight against Covid-19, the BMC has readied the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex as a quarantine centre with 300 beds, and the Dharavi municipal college with 600 beds. “We have also bought Sai Hospital on 90 Feet Road. It has 51 beds, including eight within the ICU. We are also obtaining rooms in inns and hotels,” stated the legit.

The central workforce had really useful institutional quarantine for almost 3,000 residents of Dharavi, which has seen more than 200 cases and 13 deaths. The greatest slum cluster in Asia has a population of just about 10 lakh.

The defunct Richardson & Cruddas warehouse in Byculla is being revived as an isolation facility. “We have already set up 200 beds there and a plan to have 500 extra with toilet facilities. We have also bought a building in Mumbai Central from a developer. There are 250 residences there and we will soon use them as a quarantine centre for high-risk contacts of patients,” stated the legit.

The BMC’s Ides of May protocol will face a tribulation by means of fireplace in Dharavi, which has seen more than 200 cases and 13 deaths (PIC: SATISH MALAVADE)


M-East ward, a few of the worst affected regions, plans to have 3,336 isolation beds in a position by means of May eight. Deputy Municipal Commissioner Bharat Marathe stated these will come up in Chembur, Mankhurd, Govandi and Shivaji Nagar. Of the three,336 beds, 2,480 will be set up in slum rehabilitation buildings close to the Vashi checkpost. One hostel of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in Deonar, has been bought for 126 beds and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s guesthouses for 350 beds. Two extra halls and a 23-storey MHADA building in Mankhurd are to be used for isolation, stated Marathe.

M-West, which covers portions of Chembur, has Sahakar Nagar School, the Collector’s Colony School, Joy Hospital, Fine Arts Cultural Centre (with 60 beds), and Swami Vivekananda and Acharya schools on standby. Assistant Commissioner Prithviraj Chauhan stated asymptomatic cases within the ward are projected to touch 2,941 by means of mid-May. “We have been requested to prepare beds for 1,500 patients; we are in a position with 2,500,” he stated.


Officials of L-ward, which incorporates Kurla, Powai, Chandivali, portions of Ghatkopar, Sion and Saki Naka, is struggling with location scouting as none of these spaces has huge wedding halls, sports activities complexes and auditoriums. Assistant Commissioner Manish Valanju the point of interest is currently on civic colleges and buildings belonging to the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). “Kurla has small wedding halls however the ones cannot be used for setting apart patients. There is a vacant SRA building in Kurla, the place 200 residences were bought. All that remains is to put beds there.”

In the Ghatkopar-Mulund belt, a quarantine facility has been set up in Powai, and a building constructed for the MMRDA, two colleges in Mithaghar in Mulund and the naval college in Bhandup were bought to be become isolation centres, stated Deputy Municipal Commissioner Vijay Balamwar.


Several hotels, inns and the PWD guesthouse and the sports activities complicated in Andheri West, which by myself accounts for the third-highest collection of cases, have already been bought. “We are now setting up an isolation ward at Laxmi Industrial Estate, which will accommodate 300 patients. It will be refurbished by means of Tuesday morning,” stated Assistant Commissioner Vishwas Mote.


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