Coronavirus lockdown | Maharashtra seeks Army’s help

Coronavirus lockdown | Maharashtra seeks Army’s help

 

Maharashtra has sought the help and support of the Army to ensure free movement of essential goods across the State, and also in providing medical infrastructure. Senior officials said while the Army has not been summoned yet, the government is in touch with the Southern Command headquarters, Pune, for any assistance during the 21-day period.

 

Topping the State’s help list is assistance with medical infrastructure, said, officials. “We have written to them and are in touch with them [Army] on various issues, most importantly for the safe transport of essential commodities in sensitive areas, and construction of emergency infrastructure,” said a senior official from the Chief Minister’s Office.

 

Government officials have held meetings with the Army and identified three locations in Mumbai to set up emergency isolation wards. “We are prepared to tackle any emergency. If the number of positive patients goes up we can start isolation wards immediately at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon; another ground at Worli; and the Convention Centre at Bandra Kurla Complex. We have extra 500 beds in JJ Hospital, GT hospital and St George hospital,” said Cabinet Minister and Mumbai’s Guardian Minister Aslam Sheikh.

 

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar confirmed the State has written to the Army but it is limited to asking for only medical help. The Government has not yet summoned the forces. However, if the situation persists, and further assistance is needed the government will not hesitate to summon the Army, he said’

 

Government officials have held meetings with the Army and identified three locations in Mumbai to set up emergency isolation wards. “We are prepared to tackle any emergency. If the number of positive patients goes up we can start isolation wards immediately at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon; another ground at Worli; and the Convention Centre at Bandra Kurla Complex. We have extra 500 beds in JJ Hospital, GT hospital and St George hospital,” said Cabinet Minister and Mumbai’s Guardian Minister Aslam Sheikh.

 

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar confirmed the State has written to the Army but it is limited to asking for only medical help. The Government has not yet summoned the forces. However, if the situation persists, and further assistance is needed the government will not hesitate to summon the Army, he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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