Covide 19: MMRDA constructs 1,000 beds non critical hospital for COVID-19 treatment at BKC
18 May 2020: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has started building a 1,000-bed facility at its exhibition ground in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to admit non-critical COVID-19 patients. If required in the future, the hospital can be upgraded to accommodate 5,000 beds. The make shift construction is expected to be completed in 15 to 20 days.
On the instruction of the Government of Maharashtra MMRDA has stepped up to construct 1000 beds hospital to provide quarantine and isolation facilities with treatment for non-critical COVID-19 patients at BKC exhibition ground. Jupiter Hospital, Thane as a part of its CSR activity will provide the design and technical guidance for the construction of this hospital While, MMRDA will bear the cost of constructing the hospital. Once fully functional it will be handed over to BMC for further operations.
It will be a full-fledged hospital with the facilities of pathology labs to conduct general blood tests of patients. Safety & cleanliness will be on utmost priority with sewage and biodegradable waste disposable systems in place. Also, dedicated units with kitchen facility will be built for doctors & health staff like in regular hospitals.
R. A. Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said that the hospital will be fully equipped with the resources and staff necessary for the treatment of non-critical COVID-19 patients. MMRDA stands firm with the state government in this crucial fight against COVID-19.
It may be noted that earlier, the BMC had taken over of facilities such as NSCI Dome (Sports complex) and Mahalaxmi Race Course in Worli, and Nesco Exhibition Centre in Goregaon. Reportedly, the combined bed strength at NSCI Dome, which currently has 500 beds, and the facility coming up in Mahalaxmi Race Course will be 1,400. At Nesco off the Western Express Highway, the BMC has created a 1,250-bed facility. All beds have oxygen support. So far, it is one of the biggest in the city.