Wankhede Stadium for Tourists? Nope, say SoBo Residents

Wankhede Stadium for Tourists? Nope, say SoBo Residents
India had won the 2011 World Cup Final at the Wankhede Stadium , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Fearing that their environment will be directly impacted due to the opening of the stadium, SoBo residents have written to authorities

OT Staff
December 15 , 2020
01 Min Read

Does everything have to be milked for tourism? That's fast becoming an existential issue of sorts in these times.

It's increasingly becoming clear that tourists are not welcome everywhere.

Recently, an announcement made by Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra's state tourism minister, regarding the decision to open Wankhede Stadium to tourists for guided tours has been met with stiff resistance.

Several concerned residents of Marine Drive and Churchgate have written to Thackeray and to the BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal expressing their concern. 

A three-page letter issued by the  Marine Drive Resident’s Association pointed to safety issues. The possibility of crimes and risk of robberies were stated as prime concerns, especially for elder citizens. Also, increased traffic due to crowds in the already narrow and choked lanes of Churchgate was also an issue. Residents pointed out that parking will pose  a problem in the Wankhede neighbourhood which suffers from bad traffic.

Another issue would be the possibility of illegal hawkers who may pop up once tourists start coming in. The Dharamshala Stadium is the highest stadium in IndiaMany stadiums across the country have already opened up, including the picturesque Dharamshala Stadium, for tourists and fans even when matches are not held.

In September, Thackeray had tweeted about the idea of opening up a cricket museum in Mumbai for fans all over the world. 

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A meeting with the Mumbai Cricket Association’s apex council is scheduled on December 15 to discuss the matter. The residents' association has asked for a ‘dialogue’ before any decision is undertaken. 

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