Wankhede Stadium in complete lock-down

After failing in a fire security test, Mumbai s Wankhede Stadium has been completely locked down.

Mumbai: Feb 19, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

After failing in a fire security test, Mumbai s Wankhede Stadium has been completely locked down. The renovation work in the stadium is not yet over and the dates of host three World Cup matches two league matches and the final on April 2 are impending.

The security guards didn t allow the media to get in the stadium on Saturday. “We are under so much tension. Every day something or the other is happening. Please go away. Our jobs are on the line. If any officer sees you, we will be in trouble,” said one security guard to Reuters.

During a fire inspection on February 18, the fire officials found that the mandatory fire equipment, including water hydrants, no-smoking indicators, fire alarms and extinguishers were still not in place.

Chief fire officer Uday Tatkare reportedly said, “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.”

Wankhede Stadium will be hosting two league matches New Zealand vs Canada on March 13 and New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on March 18 along with the World Cup final on April 2.

Pictures AFP