The controversy around the revamped Wankhede stadium that will host World Cup final match grows after Amit Maru, an activist on Thursday said the stadium has not been reconstructed in accordance with the plan that the civic body approved. Maru and lawyer YP Singh on Thursday told the media there are at least 48 violations of environment rules, development control rules and fire safety norms.
The Hindustan Times first reported that the fire department denied Occupation Certificate to the stadium after it found that the fire safety norms have not been met with.
The duo said no open space was left for emergency vehicles to enter the premises.
The Development Control Rules said one third of the building height should be left open, which in this case is close to nine metres, but they have not adhered to the rule.
Singh added the Ministry of Environment and Forests granted clearance for the project on the condition that they should provide parking for 3,370 cars, which has not been provided for. “The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) flouted several norms and the authorities are not taking any cognisance because of the political blessing that the MCA enjoys,” said Singh.
Treasurer of the MCA, Ratnakar Shetty refused to comment on the allegations. Civic body officers chose not to comment saying the whole issue was sub-judice.