Coronavirus Mumbai: BMC Deputy Commissioner dies due to COVID-19

ST Staff
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

A senior BMC official said, “On Tuesday when he did not wake up from sleep, his wife called the BMC requesting for an ambulance. However, when the staff reached home, they found that he had already passed away.”

Shishir Dixit, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Deputy Commissioner, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, succumbed to death on Tuesday.

A senior BMC official said, “On Tuesday when he did not wake up from sleep, his wife called the BMC requesting for an ambulance. However, when the staff reached home, they found that he had already passed away.”

Dixit was a chief engineer in the water supply project department. He is one of the first high-ranking BMC officials who died due to contracting the virus. According to health authorities, he was an asymptomatic patient when he was positive for coronavirus. 

However, the doctors haven’t found the exact reason for the death of the Commissioner; it could have been possible a cardiac arrest, said BMC sources. 

It was also found that Dixit wasn’t involved in any fieldwork. In fact, he was working at the BMC headquarters, situated in South Mumbai. 

The 55-year old lived in Mahim, and he was instrumental in setting up jumbo COVID-19 care facilities at NESCO, Goregaon and NSCI, Worli. 

The news of Dixit’s death comes when Maharashtra crossed the 90,000-mark, and Mumbai’s cases went past 51,100 on Tuesday. As of June 9, nearly 1,712 BMC employees have tested positive for the virus and as many as 56 suffered death due to the novel coronavirus infection.

The Deputy Commissioner joined BMC in 1987 as a trainee, he was the one who pushed Gargai dam project, Bhandup Reservoir project, and made it happen. Other than that he was successful in building a 15 km long water tunnel between Gundawali and Bhandup, informed his colleagues.

Only recently BMC announced Rs 50 lakh compensation package for the families of BMC officials, who witness death due to COVID-19.

Mumbai reported 120 deaths on Tuesday and has a total of 1,760 deaths in the city. Although the active cases in Mumbai stand at 

26,391. Maharashtra’s recovery rate is at 46.96 per cent and mortality rate at 3.6 per cent.

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