Wankhede Stadium is all set to join the list of sports facilities turned into quarantine centres for isolating high risk people to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to hand over the biggest cricket facility it the city for converting it into a quarantine centre for keeping high-risk contacts of people diagnosed with Covid-19 infection.
Mumbai has been the worst-affected city in the country with nearly 18,000 Covid-19 positive cases. The exponential rise has reached up to 1,000 new cases per day.
The BMC, using powers vested in it under the Disaster Management Act, has advised the MCA for “immediate handover” of the stadium. “The premises will be used for emergency staff of A ward and quarantining people who have come in contact with COVID-19 patients and are not symptomatic,” Assistant Commissioner Chanda R. Jadhav has stated in the letter.
MCA, assuring full cooperation with the authorities, is awaiting for further directives.
However, reports suggest, that residents in the vicinity of the stadium on the Marine Drive are not happy with the development as they fear that keeping the people there with potential threat may expose the locals to spread of threat from the virus.
The Stadium also houses the Board of Control for Cricket in India headquarters and the Garware Club House. According to reports, residential block in the stadium, players dressing rooms and Press box areas may be used for keeping the people as the Mumbai administration is expecting the novel coronavirus cases till next month.
The BMC has also created temporary medical facilities at the National Sports Club of India in Worli and the Mahalaxmi Racecourse.