The Maharashtra government in India has given its approval for setting up a 5,000-bed hospital for Covid-19 patients in Mumbai.

The new infectious diseases hospital project won approval from Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after he conducted a series of meetings with Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar and Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, Deccan Herald reported.

For the Covid-19 hospital, which is expected to come up in the northern suburbs of Mumbai, the BMC’s land acquisition department has invited Expression of Interest and received two bids.

Once the land parcel is finalised, the land under reservations will be acquired under Section 126 (1)(a) & (b) of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act.

Remaining land is planned to be acquired by mutual consent after negotiations.

Besides serving patients of Mumbai, the proposed Covid-19 hospital will cater to patients coming from Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) which consists of the neighbouring districts of Thane, Palghar and Raigad.

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The Covid-19 hospital’s location will also be close to either Eastern Express Highway or Western Express Highway.

At present, the 125-bed Kasturba Hospital run by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is the only hospital dedicated to treat infectious diseases in the city.

In May this year, a makeshift 1,000-bed hospital was planned to be built in Bandra-Kurla Complex of Mumbai by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

During the same month, a couple of jumbo facilities were announced in Mumbai for treating covid-19 patients.

Last month, world’s largest Covid-19 care facility, named Sardar Patel’s COVID Care Centre and Hospital (SPCCCH), in New Delhi, India started accepting patients. The 10,000-bed facility was created by the South Delhi District Administration with support from the Union ministry of Home Affairs in ten days.