In a bid to overcome the challenge of availability of land for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s flagship health initiative Mohalla clinics, the government of NCT has decided to make the novel health centres compact and portable. These new clinics will be made out of shipping containers and be installed primarily in the densely populated slum areas that have a lot of patients. The Mohalla Clinic based out of a container is being erected in Chandni Chowk. According to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, two such Mohalla Clinics are being built by joining two shipping containers on a pilot basis, as these may be enhanced after obtaining feedback.
Jain emphasised that the striking feature of the AC and portable clinics constructed is the modular design. These clinics will not feel cramped in spite of the small space; “it is just like in an airplane,” he said.
The inside space of each Mohalla clinic is about 350 square feet to be able to fit in smaller spaces. This is significant considering Delhi, where land and rent have been a critical issue for the government that had said to construct 1,000 Mohalla Clinics in the city. At present, there are 500 Mohalla clinics in Delhi that were being constructed so far in a portable cabin or operated on rented accommodation.