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A clean and clear area before World Cup games

As the city gears up for the cricket World Cup, the municipal corporation too is at work to make the final, which will be played at the newly renovated Wankhede stadium on April 20, a memorable experience for aficionados.

mumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2011 01:23 IST
Bhavika Jain

As the city gears up for the cricket World Cup, the municipal corporation too is at work to make the final, which will be played at the newly renovated Wankhede stadium on April 20, a memorable experience for aficionados.

The corporation is not only beautifying the vicinity of the stadium near Churchgate, but also making preparations to manage the crowd on the day of the final match.

On Friday, civic officials, along with the traffic police and local police, inspected the areas near the stadium, especially near Churchgate station.

After the inspection, the officials agreed that they need to get rid of the debris and construction material near Churchgate station, which too is undergoing renovation.

The civic body has asked the railway authorities to clear the debris. If the latter fails to do so, the corporation will remove the debris itself and then charge the railways; and may even initiate prosecution proceedings against them.

“The railways have also kept beams there that have to be shifted,” said a senior civic official who was part of the inspection team, on condition of anonymity.

The civic body has also asked the railway authorities to open an adjoining subway below the railway line that has been closed down since the last few months.

As part of the beautification process, the municipal corporation will build a pedestrian walkway and set up a traffic signal and zebra crossing on the road close to the Income Tax office.

“There are railings on the entire stretch of the median and the parallel footpath. We will to cut the railings from a few places to make way for the walkway,” said the senior civic official.

The aim is to make space to accommodate the huge crowd that is expected to throng the area during the three days when cricket matches will be played at the stadium — especially the final.

The BMC will also level the approach roads to the stadium and paint the medians. Unlicenced hawkers and vagrants will not be allowed near the stadium.

“We might even hire more conservancy staff if needed,” said the official.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade will also inspect the stadium to check if the Mumbai Cricket Association has followed all fire safety measures.