New Delhi: Maharashtra, the worst-hit state because of coronavirus pandemic with more than 1,32,075 COVID-19 cases, of which, more than 60,000 cases are from Mumbai, according to the figures shared by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) continues its battle against COVID-19. To fight the crisis, a Mumbaikar, who is a builder by profession has handed over a 19-storey newly constructed, ready-to-move-in building to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to be converted into a COVID-19 facility. The building, located on SV Road in Malad, has 130 flats, for which it had received an occupation certificate from the state government. The building was ready to be handed over to the flat owners but then coronavirus pandemic took place and Mehul Sanghvi of Sheeji Sharan Developers decided to convert it into coronavirus facility. Till now, 300 patients have been transferred to the building – four patients per flat. The builder says that this is his way of contributing to the crisis.
Mr Sanghvi added,
We decided to do this willingly after discussing with tenants. The building is being used as a quarantine centre for COVID-19 patients.
Gopal Shetty, Minister of Parliament from Malad, played an important role in this decision.
The North Mumbai legislator who got in touch with Mr Sanghvi and convinced him to provide the building for the cause, in view of the rising number of cases in Malad added,
We’re happy that people like Mehul Sanghvi have set aside personal interests, to serve the greater good during these difficult times. We hope that others come forward and collaborate for such gestures, helping us save as many lives as possible.
On Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation also launched a rapid action plan to control the sudden rise of coronavirus cases in northern suburbs of Mumbai which consists of areas like Borivali and Dahisar.
In recent days, these areas have witnessed a surge in the number of coronavirus cases after phase-wise unlocking of the lockdown.
According to the new action plan, rules in the containment zones have been made more stringent and door-to-door survey has been ordered. Moreover, to make the fight against the novel coronavirus more effective, BMC will also deploy 50 ambulances, that will visit these high-risk localities to collect swab samples for coronavirus testing.