Mumbais Wankhede Stadium flouts fire safety norms

Wankhede Stadium has failed in a fire test.

Mumbai: Feb 18, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which will be hosting the World Cup final on April 2 and two league matches has failed to clear a fire inspection test, reports say.

Chief fire officer Uday Tatkare told to Press Trust of India, “We will soon write a letter to the MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association) stating there is a need to comply with fire safety norms at the stadium. Once they abide by the terms we would again conduct an inspection.”

“The team has found that the newly renovated stadium has many loopholes in its fire safety mechanism. The stadium must be in compliance with the fire safety conditions,” Tatkare added.

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is confident that the stadium will meet the norms set by the fire department. “The fire fighting team came and inspected the stadium. They have made a few suggestions and we will comply with them,” said Lalchand Rajput, Joint Secretary, MCA.

Apart from the World Cup final match, Wankhede Stadium will be hosting two matches New Zealand vs Canada on March 13 and New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on March 18.

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