Mumbai: Four new jumbo Covid centres to be ready by mid-May or June | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The state government is set to construct four jumbo Covid centres in the city. “We expect the four jumbo centres to be ready by mid-May or early June. We have already increased the capacity of the six existing jumbo centres by adding regular and ICU beds,” said Sanjeev Jaiswal, BMC additional civic chief (city).

Jaiswal further said the Kanjurmarg plot will have 2,000 beds and 200 ICU beds. “The BMC will be the coordinating agency. This will be to prepare for a third wave.”
According to Jaiswal, the BMC has already added around 150 ICU beds at its Nesco jumbo centre in Goregaon.
“We now have 200 ICU beds at Nesco, which is the biggest ICU facility (for Covid) in the country. At the six existing jumbo centres, we now have 8,000 regular beds and 500 ICU beds. Also, the BMC has started planning for expansion of the BKC jumbo centre. We have done a lot of capacity enhancement,” Jaiswal said.
Less than three months after dismantling its unutilised jumbo facility at Mahalaxmi Race Course, the BMC wants to build it again and wants the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to fund it; this has left the cash-starved turf club worried.
On Friday, the BMC staff began its preparations for erecting tents in the parking area of the Race Course and took control of the owners’ lounge, which is situated in the members’ enclosure. “The state government is immediately taking over our parking area for building tents as a temporary hospital. We have been pleading and working relentlessly to request them to put it up somewhere else as our business is getting completely ruined,” RWITC chairman Zavaray Poonawalla told TOI on Saturday.
“The BMC wants us to spend on the construction, which is nearly impossible considering our current financial condition. For me, my committee and senior officials this is just too traumatic,” Poonawalla said.



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