As Maharashtra and especially Mumbai has become the hub of India’s COVID-19 pandemic a big move is to flow in. The iconic Wankhede cricket stadium which hosted the 2011 cricket world cup final would become a ‘quarantine center’.
Wankhede Stadium to turn into quarantine centre— Aashish Chandorkar (@c_aashish) May 16, 2020
With pre-monsoon showers expected in the city soon, BMC is unlikely to use the ground. However, closed-door facilities, including the press box, the president’s box and corporate boxes, might be put to usehttps://t.co/Ui1VnPPQdh
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has directed the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to hand over the stadium. The BMC sought “immediate handover” of the stadium. ” The said premises will be used for the emergency staff of ‘A’ Ward and quarantining the person whoever in contact with positive COVID-19 patient and are not symptomatic read the letter.
MCA said that they would cooperate with the authorities at this time. MCA secretary Sanjay Naik said that they are waiting for further instructions from the assistant commissioner. The residents of the ‘Marine Drive’ area where the stadium is located have expressed concern over the decision.
Maharashtra at present has reported over 29,000 cases and 1, 068 deaths. Out of this 17, 670 plus cases and 655 deaths have been reported in Mumbai alone. The idea of turning stadiums as a quarantine facility is a good one. This can be a pan-India thing as the problem rises.