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10,000-bed Covid facility at Radha Soami Satsang Beas centre in Delhi to open on 1 July

The facility is spread over 70 acres in Chhatarpur, and will have biodegradable beds, 500 urinals, 450 bathing rooms, oxygen facilities and wheelchairs, among others.

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New Delhi: A campus of spiritual organisation Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur, New Delhi, has been converted into a Covid-19 quarantine facility with 10,000 beds.

The facility, which reportedly has the size of over 22 football fields, will start functioning from 1 July.

When ThePrint visited the centre, 100 beds were found to be in place and preparations for arranging the remaining beds were underway. 

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia visited the centre Thursday. 

“There are many people who do not have the facility of isolating themselves at home and many people also reside in slums. So, in that case, across Delhi, we have set up Covid-care centres,” Kejriwal said.

1,000 beds to have oxygen facilities

The Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) was established in India in 1891. At the centre of RSSB and its teachings is a ‘spiritual teacher’, who explains the purpose of life through daily meditation practices. Presently, the teacher is Baba Gurinder Singh. 

The campus in Chhatarpur is spread over a sprawling 300-acre of land, out of which 70 acres has been set aside for the quarantine facility. 

A biodegradable bed at the facility | Kairvy Grewal | ThePrint
A biodegradable bed at the facility | Kairvy Grewal | ThePrint

Officials at the facility said the centre is over 30 years old and the shed under which all the beds will be laid out is 20 years old. Prior to the centre being turned into a coronavirus facility, it was used for hosting satsangs (spiritual discourse).

Vivek Sethi, secretary of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, Bhati Mines, Chhatarpur, told ThePrint: “Out of the 10,000 beds that will be made available for the Covid patients, 1,000 beds will have oxygen facilities. The Radha Soami Satsang Beas centre will also provide Vinyl flooring.” He added the facility will be opened on 1 July.

The centre already has public announcement systems for communication, fans and CCTV cameras. It has now arranged 6 giant TV screens so that Covid patients don’t get bored at the facility. 


Also read: Delhi govt to convert 40 hotels, 80 banquet into Covid facilities with 20,000 more beds


Biodegradable beds, 500 urinals, 450 bathing rooms

The facility is divided into blocks and each block consists of 100 beds.

Sethi said 500 to 600 permanent water closets, 500 urinals and 450 bathing rooms have been set up for the facility.

A drinking water area set up for the facility | Kairvy Grewal | ThePrint
A drinking water area set up for the facility | Kairvy Grewal | ThePrint

Sethi said food will also be provided by the RSSB. Additionally, it is also providing 1,000 chairs and 350 wheelchairs. 

Officials at the centre said South Delhi district magistrate B.M. Mishra will be arranging the mattresses for the beds. 

The beds, which have been approved for the quarantine facility, are made of cardboard and are biodegradable so they can be easily disposed of later. 

Sethi said the RSSB was waiting for the mattresses to arrive in order to complete their arrangements before 1 July. 

Mishra has also proposed air conditioning for the facility, which may prove to be difficult given the time constraint and the fact that the shed is open from all sides, said an official at the campus.

The official, who didn’t want to be named, also told ThePrint there might be a week’s delay in completing the preparations and the centre might open by 7 July. 

The sanitation facilities will be arranged by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and paramilitary forces will be deployed for monitoring at the centre, apart from the healthcare workers.

Asked about the expenditure incurred by the RSSB for setting up the facility, Sethi said: “Well, there’s no data on that yet, but it will go in crores. For instance, something as small as disposable plates for food is costing us an exorbitant amount. It is adding upto to Rs 30 for 10,000 patients and 2,000 healthcare workers each per day.”

Officials at the centre, however, expressed confidence in their arrangements and said usually they host over 2 lakh people for satsangs. Therefore, hosting 10,000 patients shouldn’t be a problem to them, they added.


Also read: Delhi already out of ICUs, will exhaust ventilators this week, claims govt study


 

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Require bed for my Father urgently in delhi…there is no bed available in pvt & govt hospital…last hope left now..please help what is the procedure…are the beds available

  2. Kuch logon ko free ka hazam nhi hota, aur kyee logon ki aadat hoti hai ki na kisi ka bhala krna na krne dena, sahi kaam me bhi kami nikalna ye bhi ek hunar hai, main bhi 14 din wahan raha hoon doctor ki team ne baaki staaf ne mera bahut achche dhng se khyaal rakha jaate waqt meri aankhon se aansoo aa gye, jo log radha swami center ki buraayeean kr rhen hain wo maansik rogi hain, maine as a patient rehte huye covid center ki reporting ki aur uski video and pics youtube pr tatha apne circle me bheji kaafi logon ko fayda bhi hua, iske jaisa pure asia me na koi center tha na hai na hoga everyrhing is well managed jo log buraayeean kr rhe hain unke liye escort, fortis, max jaise hospital hi theek hain, kyee logon ko free ka khana hazam nhi hota

  3. Is this centre is operational now. Please reply on priority as One of my family member facing a problem from covid

  4. I had s good good experience at Radha swami I had been there for 12 days. The doctors were standing near the bed asking your health improvement. Minimum 3 time in a day they were monitoring the oxygen level, pulse BP and sugar food was also comparatively good taking care of so many patients, it was nest snd clean. And bathrooms and urinal was being cleaned twice daily in morning and evening

  5. Radha swami covid centre is earning money from Delhi Govt. Asymptomatic patients are also being forced to quarantine at radha swami covid centre. If we do have separate room with toilet then why it is necessary to admit in radha swami covid centre. Dr.s & other staffs misbehaved patients. Even they don’t care children & patients. Investigation should be started. We have to stop spreading corona and to safe our country from this pandemic situation whereas radha swami covid centre is searching different-2 ways to earn money from Govt.

    • Yes it is very sad to hear that still people are thinking that rssb is earning money. Even they gave food on their own without taking a single penny from the government. It would be better if you correct yourself.

  6. In radha swani covid centre patients are not treating very well by the doctors team. Dr misbhaving patients. Children are not getting food & milk. Old age peoples are not getting any attention. I want CM to visit covid center radha swami. If the patients are not treating well how they will get well soon. I want to lodge complaint against radha swami covid centre which is not suitable for covid patients.

  7. Me my wife and a dependent brother inlaw(who is with us for the last 12 years
    I was positive COVID for which I am self quarantine for 15 days with max gurgaon
    Now they want to test my two other members
    Supppse we areyedyed we have no pace to go
    Can we avail camp facility
    Ed
    We reside in Gurgaon

  8. Can anyone tell any contact number or something because everyone is just showing news , I know a covid positive person and there is no such website or information to contact them , national helpline is just getting details and not even picking the call afterwards, so whoever has contact number please tell instead of just displaying it on news *no offense*

  9. Meri puri family covid 19 posotive aayi h .ap please help kro ..yha pr jaane k liye koi helpline number tak nhi dia ..bs ap news dikha rhe ho ..we need help 8 people covide postivie .
    9716608815.please reply as soon

  10. indian patriot, this was needed to think before 10, 20 years, that where we are, in just these months we r asking about facility where was all peoples in the past time.

  11. question is that ppl of delhi wants to know how much amount delhi govt is spending on this hospital from its budget?how much amount Radha Swami Trust is spending on this hospital?however,it is is well known fact that land is being offered by Radha Swami Trust,located at Chhatarpur,delhi.

  12. Pathetic infrastructure. India is still 100 years behind China. Compare the medical facilities with China. Shame on Indian politics.

    • Are you an indian?
      It doesn’t seem that you are..
      Instead of presenting your views in improving something, you are just disturbing people by saying about infrastructure and also you are praising china.
      Have you checked out the place?

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