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Wankhede yet to be okayed by fire officials

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February 18, 2011

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Renovation work in full swing at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, February 16, 2010
The Wankhede Stadium has undergone extensive renovation in preparation for the World Cup final © Getty Images
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The Mumbai fire department has asked the Wankhede Stadium to undertake measures to improve its fire safety mechanism as it is currently not in compliance with fire safety norms. The stadium, which will host the World Cup final, was inspected by two fire officials on Wednesday.

"The [inspection] team has found that the newly renovated stadium has many loopholes in its fire safety mechanism," chief fire officer Uday Tatkare told PTI. "We will write a letter to the Mumbai Cricket Association stating there is a need to comply with fire safety norms. Once they abide by the terms we will conduct another inspection."

MCA joint secretary Lalchand Rajput, however, said there were only a few minor changes required. "We have already received the NOC and what is left now is the compliance certificate," Rajput told ESPNcricinfo. "We were visited by the department day before yesterday [Wednesday] and they pointed out a few minimum requirements that we will have no problems complying with. It is not as if this is a new ground that has never passed fire safety requirements before. We have just redeveloped the stadium and this is minor stuff."

There have been previous worries about the progress of renovations at the Wankhede, which began soon after the conclusion of the 2008 IPL season. Back in 2010, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed stating the work at Wankhede was in violation of several environmental and safety norms. One of the main concerns was the lack of access of the fire brigade to all parts of the venue, as required under the National Building Code of India.

The stadium was then supposed to be ready by November to host a Test match between India and New Zealand, but was dropped as a venue for that series. In December last year, the ICC inspection team slammed the stadium, saying it was not possible to confirm that it would be in a suitable condition to be handed over by January 31.

The Wankhede managed to recover from that setback and was given the go-ahead by the ICC on January 27, even as Eden Gardens lost the India-England fixture. The Wankhede will host two World Cup group matches featuring New Zealand, Canada and Sri Lanka, apart from the final.

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Comments: 9 
Posted by   on (February 19, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

Omg, Poor Preparations from kolkata first up , and they paid for that losing The England Tie . And surely proper arrangements should hav been made earlier atleast for a ground that is to host the finals. Disappointing.

Posted by Salman86 on (February 19, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Such an embarrasment..they should have done this all like atleast approximately 1 year before the world cup..

Posted by ShadyKiller on (February 19, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

India and Cricket are in same state. By 2050 both will exist but not in much better state than today. why?

Because cricket is managed by same cronies who manage India. ICC is among the world's worst sport bodies. The other day I went to FIFA website and the first thing they have on main page is the progress in Brazil for 2014 FIFA World Cup. Why couldn't ICC do the follow up much earlier than they did ???

Posted by thebrownie on (February 19, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

India has fire safety norms?

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (February 18, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

Mumbai has safety norms ?

Posted by Omarrz on (February 18, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

Srilanka playing in India as well? Apart from the quarters/semis, they will be playing a group match as well???

Posted by xylo on (February 18, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Why use letters and the postal service? Means of communication have advanced, and we should be using pigeons instead, in keeping with the times.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 18, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

instead of offering players millions of $ to play ipl. the indian authorities should get there grounds ready for the wc, this is the 2nd ground so far that has its problems. dpk

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 18, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

The BCCI needs to learn. For how many more years will India put on such a sorry face ? if we as a nation want to be at the top of the world then we need to address certain things from a sporting perspective. Whether the world likes it or not, India is the superpower of cricket. They need to also behave like one though. I don't think the fans or well wishers of Indian cricket are asking that much.

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