The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has started base work and ground levelling for Phase II of an 1,000-bed facility at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) ground in Mumbai city.

MMRDA said that the Phase I of the makeshift Covid-19 hospital has been completed within two weeks, where the work begun on 02 May and completed on 16 May. Around 350 labourers and a team of 70 MMRDA officials worked to build the care centre.

The Phase II facility is expected to be built a little ahead of the existing Phase I of the Covid-19 care centre, which was handed over to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for use on 18 May.

According to MMRDA, the project received a total corpus fund of approximately INR200m ($266,000) for the coming three months.

The Phase II of the hospital will involve 100 intensive care unit (ICU) facility beds. Meanwhile, the remaining 900 beds will be divided into oxygen and non-oxygen provision, equally.

While the Phase II facility is intended for the treatment of critical symptomatic patients, the Phase I facility will cater to mild symptomatic and semi-critical symptomatic patients.

Commenting on the new facility, MMRDA said: “The entire structure has been built considering the coronavirus patients and utmost care has been taken in sanitation and distancing measures.

“It has been erected considering all the climatic conditions and has especially taken due measures for the upcoming monsoon season.”

The hospital has facilities for pathology, ECG and X-ray machines but diagnostic testing for Covid-19 will not take place at the hospital.