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Residents near the Wankhede Stadium object to the IPL matches and the crowds they would pull

Residents residing near Wankhede stadium write to CM Thackeray requesting to change IPL Match venue

Thursday, 8th April 2021

April 6, 2021

With the highly celebrated Wankhede Stadium in the city of Mumbai all ready to host the 10 IPL matches of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, scheduled to start from the 9th of April, the local residents of the area in vicinity to the Marine Drive have requested Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to alter the venue in the midst of the sharp spike in the number of covid-19 cases in Maharashtra including the state capital city Mumbai- the most badly affected city.  A resident from the D Road of Mumbai that’s located just across the IPL matches venue; the Wankhede Stadium- wrote a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray urging the administrative authorities to shift the IPL 2021 match venue  from Wankhede Stadium to elsewhere as the venue is in the midst of a residential zone.

On this Monday, a huge group of people were spotted outside an IPL team hotel in vicinity to the Nariman Point with the intent to catch sight of their fond cricketers. This is what the local residents of the area are scared about…grouping of too many people at a place, they think, could trigger the spread of the much dreaded coronavirus.

It must be noted in this context that the DY Patil Stadium in the Navi Mumbai region is not hosting any of the IPL matches of 2021 with the famed Wankhede Stadium hosting all the 10 matches to be held in the city.

Ashit Shroff who is a resident of the D-Road area across Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and a member of Marine Drive Residents' Association too has expressed his concern on behalf of the other residents of that area about heath in the midst of the covid pandemic.

The resident, in the letter to the Maharashtra CM which was duly delivered to the Maharashtra government via e-mail, said that chaos, loud noises and bright, strong lighting disturb the senior citizens residing in the area while further pointing out that the IPL matches are very likely to create parking problems for the residents of D-Road.  

He further added, "On one hand, the city is deeply affected b y COVID-19, and the state government is compelled to restrict religious and social activities like marriages, deaths, etc and contrary to this in these difficult times an IPL Cricket match of such a magnitude lasting over several days is permitted."

"We urge change in the location of IPL match to DY Patil stadium or any other venue which is in a non-residential area," he humbly appealed.

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In their letter to the CM, the residents have highlighted their concern with regard to fans mustering outside the Wankhede stadium and the hotels where the players have put up in order to steal a glimpse of the cricketers moving ahead in their respective busses. 

Meanwhile, the government of Maharashtra on this Sunday furnished a set of guidelines for the new restrictions in the midst of the surge in the cases of COVID-19 within the state including the regulation of night curfew spanning from 8pm to 7am the next morning on the weekdays under the governmental initiative of ‘Break the Chain’. 

However, the concerned authorities have de-cluttered the deck for the IPL franchises to practice after 8pm provided all the protocols of bio-bubble are adhered to strictly.

Mumbai city, the business capital of India is scheduled to host the 10 matches of the IPL 2021 at Wankhede Stadium and nine matches among those are to begin at 7:30 pm. The first of the IPL games at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is scheduled on the 10th of April between the teams of Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings


The News Talkie Bureau



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