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BMC may convert Wankhede stadium into COVID-19 quarantine facility


Sneha Shah | May 16, 2020 21:39

Wankhede Stadium

If everything falls in place, it’s possible that BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) may soon convert a part of the famous Wankhede Stadium, located in South Mumbai, into a quarantine facility to treat COVID-19 patients.

BMC had written to MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association) on May 15 directing the cricket body to transfer some facilities of Wankhede stadium complex to the civic body for turning them into quarantine facility for Emergency Services staff of BMC and the asymptomatic patients. The civic body had asked MCA to handover the stadium temporarily under regulations of the Epidemic Act.

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BMC had said that the payments for use of facilities would be done later. The corporation warned MCA that refusal to hand over the stadium may lead to police action for disobedience to official order. A council member for MCA apex affirmed that there was no hesitation on their part to help authorities trying to contain the virus.

Sources from MCA told ANI: “We have received a formal request from the BMC to hand over the Wankhede as quarantine facility and the members have had a discussion where we have agreed to support them with facilities of MCA.”