Arvind Kejriwal and Amit Shah will inspect a new COVID center today

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The facility was used until recently to house migrant workers (File)

New Delhi:

Interior Minister Amit Shah and Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will today inspect the new operational COVID-19 facility in the nation’s capital Chhatarpur region. The center, named Sardar Patel COVID Care Center and Hospital, began operating Friday with 2,000 beds and health personnel from the Indo-Tibetan border paramilitary police.

Last week, Mr. Kejriwal invited Mr. Shah to visit the sprawling installation, which is built on the property of the Radha Soami Beas spiritual center. He also requested that army and ITBP health personnel be deployed to care for COVID-19 patients there.

Mr. Shah, in a quick response, said on Twitter that the Center had already accepted his requests at a meeting. He had promised that the facility would be operational by June 26.

“Dear Kejriwal Ji, it was already decided at our meeting 3 days ago and the IMA entrusted the work of operating the 10,000-bed COVID care center to Radha Swami Beas in Delhi to the ITBP. Construction is in full swing and much of the facility will be operational on June 26, “he tweeted.

The Delhi government, facing a shortage of COVID-19 beds in the midst of a spate of coronavirus cases, has said that the spiritual center will have 10,000 beds when it is fully operational. The facility covers 12 50,000 square feet, as well as 22 football fields, with pre-installed fans and CCTV cameras. It will have nearly 200 speakers of 50 beds each.

The facility was used until recently to house migrant workers. Its community kitchens are semi-industrial and can feed thousands of people at a time.

The facility will consist of two segments – Covid Care Center (CCC), where asymptomatic positive cases will be treated, and Dedicated Covid Health Care (DCHC). The CCC will have 90% beds and the DCHC 10%, reported the PTI news agency.

Some 2,000 ITBP and central police personnel, including doctors and health workers, will manage the COVID center.

With PTI inputs

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