The Phase 2 makeshift Covid hospital at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) area of Mumbai built by MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority) is now ready for operations.

On Wednesday the facility was handed over to the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The Phase 2 makeshift Covid hospital at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) area of Mumbai built by MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority) is now ready for operations. The phase 2 facility has been readied right next to the phase 1 structure in an open ground.

On Wednesday the facility was handed over to the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Expressing confidence in the efforts being put in by the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “At first we just had two testing labs today we have nearly hundred testing labs. Today we have lakhs of beds available as well for the covid patients.”

MMRDA commissioner, RA Rajeev said, “We had no experience in making a hospital before but we accepted the challenge from the state government and now we are very satisfied with the end result. Let’s hope we would not need any more beds and the condition will improve and numbers will come down.”

The 1,000-bed capacity phase 2 hospital is a significant development as it will accommodate critical Covid-19 patients as well.

Together with Phase 1, the two facilities will have bed capacity for over 2,000 patients. MMRDA officials say that phase 2 has a dedicated 108 bed-ICU (Intensive Care Unit) facility as well and 12 dialysis units. The others are a mix of oxygen and non-oxygen beds.

The phase 1 facility was recently in news as the 150 patients admitted here had to be shifted to the NSCI Dome Covid facility in Worli owing to the fear of the cyclonic storm Nisarga.

MMRDA officials expressed confidence that the facility will not be affected by the monsoon rains and there would be no problems for the patients admitted here.

Phase 1 saw an investment of around Rs. 20 crore while phase 2 saw an increased investment of Rs. 32.55 crore. Phase 2 also has a morgue with the capacity to house 12 bodies.

The count of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai has now crossed the 60 thousand mark and now stands at 60,228. The death figure in the city stands at 3,167.

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