COVID-19 Pune: Jumbo hospitals construction work begins; Rs 140 crore to be spent in six months

Sakal Times Staff
Monday, 3 August 2020

The work of constructing two jumbo hospital facilities – one at the College of Engineering Pune ground and other at Annasaheb Magar Stadium in Pimpri-Chinchwad – began on Monday (August 3).

Pune: The work of constructing two jumbo hospital facilities – one at the College of Engineering Pune ground and other at Annasaheb Magar Stadium in Pimpri-Chinchwad – began on Monday (August 3). The district administration said per jumbo facility will incur a cost of Rs 70 crore for its construction and further operations for six months. The first jumbo facility will be inaugurated on August 19.

The Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations along with District Administration have decided to set up two jumbo hospitals in Pune city and one in Pimpri-Chinchwad city in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the district. Out of the three, construction work for two facilities has begun with the construction equipment and manpower deployment taking place on Monday (August 3).

The COEP jumbo facility will have 600 beds including oxygenated and ICU beds, while the Magar Jumbo hospital will have 200 oxygenated beds and 60 Intensive Care Units (ICU) beds.

Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao told mediapersons that the respective municipal corporations have started work on the water connection, drainage systems, peripheral road and express feeder installation. The actual construction work will begin on August 4 and will take a definitive form by August 10. The inauguration of the first jumbo facility will take place on August 19.”

“The two agencies finalised to complete the work have rich experience of working with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The agency will be erecting the fundamental structure and provide a non-medical workforce too. The jumbo hospitals will be state-of-the-art structures with all facilities including oxygen tanks filling system, accommodation, catering etc. We have also considered the heavy rainfall predictions during the work period and the companies have assured that work will not be impacted due to rains. They have the advanced machinery and resources available with them,” Rao added.

Commenting on the other medico workforce required for the jumbo hospitals, Rao said, “We will need 280 people including wardboy to super-specialists for operationalizing the 800 beds hospitals. We have initiated the tender process for recruiting this manpower and it will be available from August 12. The construction and medico manpower providing agencies will coordinate with each. We are expecting Rs 34 crore expenditure for the civil work of one jumbo hospital and another 35 to 44 crore expense for medical equipment and consumables at the hospital for the next six months.”

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