New Delhi: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Shri Manish Sisodia on Tuesday visited The Surya Hotel, a dedicated COVID-19 facility that has been attached to the Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi. Following the inspection, CM Arvind Kejriwal asserted that the Surya Hotel will become operational with 120 beds in the next 2-13 days. He informed that the facility will gradually be ramped up to 250-300 beds and that there is a requisition of 30-35 hotels in Delhi with a total bed capacity of 3000-3500 beds. He also urged everyone to work together in this battle against COVID-19
“The Surya Hotel is a dedicated COVID-19 facility attached to the Holy Family Hospital. Several other hotels like this will be requisitioned for the preparation of COVID. This is a tough time for everyone, and we all need to come together in this tough time to fight against COVID. This facility should be operational with 120 beds initially in the next 2-3 days and will gradually be ramped up to 250-300 beds. Around 30-35 hotels will be requisitioned and around 3000-3500 beds will be added to the total bed capacity,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Speaking about his meeting with the Union Home Minister, CM Kejriwal said that all the agencies, governments, and people will work together to address the issue. “Nobody can work alone to fight this pandemic,” he added.
The visit to the facility came after the High Court permitted to attach the hotel to the Holy Family Hospital, which is a dedicated COVID-19 facility, for the treatment of patients. In a big win for the Delhi government, the High Court ruled in its favor, allowing it to attach Hotel Surya to the Holy Family Hospital. The Delhi government, through an order on May 29, had attached four and five-star hotels with the large hospitals involved in treating coronavirus patients. The order, therefore, vouched for making the hotels as an extension of the hospitals. The Delhi government has already fixed rates for treatments in this COVID facilities.
However, this order by the government was challenged by Hotel Surya in the Delhi HC, the ruling on which came yesterday allowing the Delhi government to attach the hotel with the hospital.