The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has been scheduled to be made into a COVID-19 quarantine facility for C-category flyers, under the Collectors executive order. This decision has faced stiff resistance by the students and faculty living there, however comes at a time when the number of suspected COVID-19 cases in the city are on the rise and requires immediate containment.
More and more government properties are being transformed into quarantine centers. The decision to convert IIT-B as a quarantine center came shortly after the directive by the college administration asking students to vacate the campus within 72 hours.
Under the Collectors orders. The premier technology institute is now designated as a quarantine center for all C-category flyers, meaning those who are coming into the city from various international destinations, with the flyers to start entering the campus soon. The collector has assured that the quarantine center will be under the strict supervision of the police.
The designated buildings inside the campus to be used as quarantine facilities are the Vanivihar Guest House, Hostel 18 and a well-maintained part of Hostel-8 (B-Wing). Even the MTNL Guest rooms under the IIT-B administration will be used to test C category flyers.
When asked by ‘The Watch Dog News’ about the move and whether this move met any resistance from the administration or students, the IIT-B Spokesperson said, “Yes…it is confirmed and is being carried out under relevant sections of the law. We are bound to comply with the orders. Concerns however are being raised by students and families residing here.”
Student from the campus have confirmed to this portal that they had received an email from the administration a few days ago, citing these developments and directed the students to vacate the campus and head home. The administration has advised students and campus residents to take precautions and remain safe. However IIT-B is not the only quarantine center opened in Powai, the BMC training center in Raheja Vihar has also been converted as a hundred bed quarantine center for C-category flyers. This makes two quarantine centers in Powai.