COVID-19: BMC asks MCA to deliver the Wankhede stadium facilities

MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation directed friday Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to deliver some facilities of Wankhede Stadium in the southern part of the metropolis to the civic corps to create facilities related to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

In letter, deputy municipal commissioner ward Chanda Jadhav He said that the hotel/lodge/clubs/university/exhibition centers/dormitories/double room/gymkhana/banquet hall should be delivered with immediate effect.

These facilities will be used for emergency personnel in room 'A' and will quarantine the person who is in contact with a patient with a positive COVID-19 and is not symptomatic, the letter said, a copy of which is with PTI.

The civic body said the acquisition was temporary in nature and that payments for the use of the facilities would be made at a later date.

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He warned the MCA that refusal to cooperate could invite police action for disobedience to official order.

A member of the MCA apex council said there was no hesitation on the part of the cricket corps to help authorities combat the virus outbreak.

A senior MCA official said they had received the letter on Friday morning.

The complex comprises the BCCI office, MCA Lounge, Garware Club House, apart from the main stadium.

The MCA Lounge is a banquet hall, while Garware Club House has more than 50 rooms and some corridors inside.

Previously, the BMC acquired the Worli-based National Sport Club of India and some others gymkhana premises to establish quarantine and isolation facilities.

Mumbai is the most affected city in the country with 17,512 cases of COVID-19, with 933 additions on Friday.