Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and leader of the opposition in the Legislative Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday that the government needs to pay attention to the sudden surge in positive cases for COVID-19 in Kalyan-Dombivli area.
He made this comment while visiting hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. Fadnavis visited the Holy Cross COVID-19 hospital in West Kalyan to see the current situation and progress made by the patients admitted to the hospital.
In his statement, Fadnavis said, "In the coming days the COVID-19 cases in Kalyan-Dombivli areas will be out of control. With less manpower, the civic body will not be able to look after the patients with the existing infrastructure. The state should check if extra manpower can be provided to the civic body."
The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) listed 555 new cases on Saturday. This one-day record took the total COVID-19 count in the area to 8,604. A sudden surge in COVID-19 patients was already noted since the beginning of July, having 400-500 cases reported daily.
Fadnavis also commented on the recent decision of Maharashtra regarding the 27 villages, which were added into Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), before the last civic polls held in 2015. He said, "The state should have considered establishing a civic body for the entire 27 villages, without dividing it. The state should plan well and then implement the decision on 27 villages or it will be a major disaster in future."
Earlier in June, the Maharashtra government had announced to form a different municipal body for 18 villages while the remaining nine will be governed by KDMC itself. However, villagers of these remaining nine villages have reported their unwillingness to comply with this decision and have demanded separation from KDMC. Later this year, the KDMC civic polls will be held again.