COVID-19: Buddh International F1 circuit to shelter 5,000 migrants

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The Buddh International Circuit Formula 1 facility on the Yamuna Express Way in Greater Noida will be converted into a temporary shelter to house 5,000 migrants who have been displaced following the shutdown imposed to break the Coronavirus spread.

Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration in the National Capital Region has ordered to convert India’s only Formula 1 track premises into a shelter to house up to 5,000 migrant workers.

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The district administration has asked the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, the governing authority for the Formula 1 facility, to erect temporary structures with facilities to house up to 5,000 people.

The main F1 track premises – including the offices, track and drivers’ accommodation – area  in the 875-acre premises will remain segregated from the make-shift facilities, to be used as a shelter home for the migrants during the lockdown period.

According to national daily Times of India, District Magistrate BN Singh has directed the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority to make arrangements for the migrant workers at the Jaypee Sports City.

The Yamuna Authority officials will be arranging food, mattresses, pillows and bedsheets for the migrant workers. “Water and electricity connections are available. Others things have been ordered. The arrangement would be done in makeshift structures. We are also erecting tin sheds to increase capacity,” said Navneet Goel, YEIDA’s Officer on Special Duty is quoted as saying by the Daily.

The facility will be readied within three days with the support from local tent houses and industrial units. Vendors are also approached to set up kitchens and supply essential items.

The authority had taken over the Buddh International Circuit from developers Jaypee Group over default in payments.

Besides Sports City, shelter homes have been set up inside hostels of Gautam Buddha University, at Shaheed Vijay Pathik sports complex and Malakpur stadium. Government schools, institutions as well as community centres would also be used to accommodate migrants, the officials said.

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