The turf at the Wankhede Stadium, which underwent massive refurbishment at a cost of Rs 300 crore before the World Cup, may have to be dug up again to repair dilapidated drainage pipes, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation authorities.
“In August 2010, we had told the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) about the dilapidated drainage line that goes underneath the stadium. Then again in January and April this year we wrote a letter to them to carry out repairs before the monsoon,” storm water drains (SWD), chief engineer, LS Vhatkar said. “But the MCA did not repair the drainage line under the stadium saying that they have World Cup and IPL matches (that followed the mega event) to host,” Vhatkar said.
In its last letter dated April, 24, 2011, the BMC had said that during its site visit on April 6, it had observed that the work on the box drain had not been carried out. The BMC had stated in its letter that, “if flooding occurs due to non-completion of work, then you will be held responsible for flooding”.
“The MCA will have to repair the old dilapidated drainage line under the stadium and will have to excavate parts of the ground where the drain is located. It will take two-three months to complete the work,” an official from the SWD department said on condition of anonymity. “There could be waterlogging at Churchgate and MK Road if the drainage system collapses during the monsoon,” Vhatkar said.
However, the repair work may not be possible as the stadium is set to play host to a One-day International between India and England in October followed by a Test match against the West Indies.
While MCA vice-president, Prof Ratnakar Shetty, said, that the issue “is between the MCA and BMC and it was not a matter for public discussion”, joint secretary Nitin Dalal said the association “would cooperate” with the BMC authorities in resolving the issue.