After local residents opposed the move, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday cancelled its plan to turn Wankhede Stadium into a quarantine facility.
However, local residents started opposing the move and the Marine Drive Residents’ Association wrote a letter in this regard to Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta. Assistant municipal commissioner of ‘A’ ward Chanda Jadhav confirmed that the plan was cancelled after the complaints.
Municipal Commissioner Chahal, while speaking to mediapersons during his visit to Sion hospital on Sunday expressed surprise at news reports, leading to speculation on how the letter was issued in the first place.
Chahal said, “I am surprised about Wankhede news reports. I had already taken a decision last week, I don’t know where the news is coming from. I am surprised because the CM had ordered me that setting up facilities in open grounds will lead to a lot of issues during the monsoon, as there will be muck. There are so many parking facilities which can be used including parking lots of airports, Palladium mall, multi-level parking lots. When we have all these, why should we erect these huge pandals on grounds, especially with monsoon around the corner? So there is no such consideration and no stadium will be taken. Open grounds are not a good option.”
“We have not heard from BMC since the letter,” said Sanjay Naik, Secretary of MCA after Sunday’s development.