A 5,000 bed Pandemic Hospital will be constructed in Mumbai, by the BMC. It received two proposal for its tender seeking 20 acre land in Mumbai for the hospital.

By Varun Singh

The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, has received two proposals, after it floated a tender looking for 20 acre land.

This land parcel is for constructing a 5,000 bed hospital that will cater during pandemic situation to a large number of patients.

A notice Inviting Expression of Interest (EOI) was issued by the land acquisition department of BMC on July 30, 2020, inviting land owners and developers.

The last date of submission for EOI was August 10, and the sealed offers/ EOIs (only Technical bids) were to be opened on August 14 at 4.00 p.m. in the office of Municipal Architect Worli Engineering Hub.

However, after BMC received only 1 proposal by August 10, the dates were extended to August 20, as the last date for EOI submissions, and August 25, for the offers to be opened.

Bhaiyyasaheb Behere, Dy.Collector (LA) of MCGM when contacted to ask about how many proposals the BMC received for the pandemic hospital he said, two.

P Velrusu, Additional Municipal Commissioner, when asked whether proposal will be opened on August 25, said, “Nobody asked for extension, so we will open proposals.”

Considering the large scale requirement of beds, during Corona pandemic, BMC made arrangements for 22,756 beds. Of which, 1,738 beds are ICCU, 11,250 beds are oxygenated O2 , 1,054 beds are ventilator beds.

For dealing with pandemic like COVID-19 availability of large well equipped health care facility is of out most important. Thus during a meeting with the chief minister and BMC commissioner, it was decided to establish a 5,000 bed hospital to cater to large scale of patients during pandemic.

The proposed 5,000 beded hospital may be located in the Suburban areas of Mumbai. The reason being that it can serve population of Mumbai as well as patients coming from Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Further, the location of the proposed hospital has to be in close proximity to either Eastern Express Highway or Western Express Highway abating D.P. road not less than 90 ft. for having direct access.

Any land owner/developer having undisputed vacant land excluding CRZ/ND2/forest land of any kind with clear and marketable title minimum 20 acres in size located in Suburban Region of Mumbai Corporation was allowed to send proposals to BMC.

A committee constituted by Municipal Commissioner shall decide the compensation as may be payable to the land owner/developer.

After finalizing the land parcel, subjected land under reservations shall be acquired under Section 126 (1)(a) & (b) of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act and remaining land shall be acquired by mutual consent through negotiation.

Also Read: BMC wants 20 acre land in Mumbai to build a 5,000 bed hospital

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