The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has spent whopping Rs 53 crore on setting up a makeshift COVID-19 hospital at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). The MMRDA has informed RTI activist Anil Galgali that it spent Rs. 2.5 lakhs on 2118 beds hospital at MMRDA Ground at Bandra Kurla Complex.
Renowned RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought various information about the makeshift COVID-19 hospital. The hospital constructed in phase 1 and phase 2 by the MMRDA administration. As per the information given by the MMRDA, a total of Rs 53 crore has been spent on this purpose. In the first phase, Rs 14.21 crore was spent on civil and electrical while Rs 21.55 crore was spent in the second phase. The total number of beds installed in both stages is 2,118. In the first phase, Rs 5.26 crore was spent on equipment and material. While Rs 12.06 Crore was spent in the second phase. These facilities include oxygen, ICU, dialysis and triage.
MMRDA is also helping in setting up of two makeshift COVID-19 hospitals in Mira Bhayandar. There are 371 beds in hospitals coming up at Late Pramod Mahajan Auditorium (Bhayandar East) and Late Meenatai Thackeray Hall (Mira Road East). According to the then MBMC Commissioner Chandrakant Dange, all the beds will be with ICU and oxygen facilities. However, the setting up of hospitals and handing over was expected in the last week of June. Nevertheless, to date, it is under construction.
“Even if the tenders were not floated, the MMRDA needs to keep all the expenditure information updated. They should upload it on their website. So, anyone can easily inspect and avail it,” said Anil Galgali.