Maharashtra Bandh Highlights and Updates: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will spend Rs 104.89 crore on operation and maintenance of newly set up Covid-19 jumbo centers. In anticipation of third wave of Covid-19, the civic body has made arrangements of 5,908 beds including 738 ICU beds and 200 for pediatric patients in five jumbo centers.
While work of three new jumbo Covid-19 centers at Malad, Kanjurmarg and Somaiya Ground in Sion has been completed recently, the BMC has created 100 ICU beds in BKC jumbo center and 730 beds in Dahisar.
Meanwhile, calling the Maharashtra bandh “100 per cent successful,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut stated that “people have wholeheartedly participated in the bandh.” Responding to a few incidents of violence, the MP said, “Such minor incidents take place during protests all over the world.”
Bus services across Mumbai were shut following incidents of stone pelting at some places in the wake of the bandh called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Eight BEST buses and one leased bus were vandalized between midnight yesterday and this morning in Dharavi, Mankhurd, Shivaji Nagar, Charkop, Oshiwara, Deonar and Inorbit Mall.
The BJP opposed the ruling alliance’s call for a bandh. The Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis demanded the high court to take cognizance of the bandh, stating, “earlier Supreme Court and Bombay High Court had banned such bandhs and fined Shiv Sena.”
Meanwhile, the Santacruz police on Sunday night busted a Navratri Garba party going on in a hall in Santacruz (west) with a crowd of around 100 people who were allegedly not wearing masks and not maintaining the social distancing norms.