Wankhede Stadium is ready to host World Cup matches. The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) finally handed over an occupation certificate (OC) to the stadium after days of uncertainty, beginning with the fire brigade refusing to give its nod to the stadium that has undergone a makeover. The fire brigade said their safety demands had not been met.
Rahul Shewale, civic Standing Committee chairman, said: “We gave the stadium an OC since it complied with all the requirements. Now, it is fit to host the matches.”
This comes just two days before the stadium hosts its first World Cup match. On Sunday, New Zealand will play Canada in a Group B fixture.
To obtain the OC, the Mumbai Cricket association had to comply with requirements from various civic departments, including storm water drains, the Tree Authority and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.
“Currently, the stadium doesn’t fulfill all the requirements. However, the ones it doesn’t fulfill are only needed for the monsoon. Hence, we issued a compliance certificate and instructed them to finish the work before the monsoon.”
The stadium, which was first built in 1975, underwent major repairs that began in early 2008.