The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) and the BMC’s training center located in Chandivali are now being converted into COVID-19 quarantine facilities. While these will be meant for international flyers, the IIT venue is facing stiff resistance from the students and no academic staff after it was ordered so by the Collector.
The decision came shortly after the directive by the college administration asking students to vacate the campus within 72 hours. Under the Collectors orders, the institute’s four buildings are now designated as a quarantine center for all C-category flyers, which includes those who are not senior citizens and show no symptoms. 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 Vanvihar 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 monitor C category flyers. When asked by ‘The Watchdog News’ about the move and whether this move met any resistance, an 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.” A student from the campus has confirmed to this paper that they had received an email from the administration 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.
BMC Training Center (Raheja Vihar)
Other than IIT-B, even the BMC training center in Raheja Vihar has been converted as a hundred bed quarantine centre for C category flyers. This makes two quarantine centers in Powai.
Potential Shift of Venue
The decision to convert IIT-B into a quarantine facility had been challenged by the Institutes Non Academic Staff Association (NASA) from the get go. A highly place source has confirmed that the Mumbai Suburban Collector has withdrawn the decision to convert the campus into a quarantine facility for intentional flyers.
An IIT-B spokesperson has however stated the that the administration is not aware of this development as no official notification has been issued from the collectors office. Whether the decision to shift the venue of the newly developed quarantine facility from IIT-B to someplace else cannot yet be ascertained.
The Watchdog News is looking into further developments.