In a latest, the Maharastra Government is looking keen on increasing the cricket stadum capacity to 50 percent. It is true that the COVID cases have come down but problems don’t knock at the door and come.
Currently, the total strength allowed at the stadiums are 25 percent which was taken by a joint team meeting between senior authoritarians like Aaditya Thackrey and Eknath Shinde along with Apex Council members Abhay Hadap and Jagdish Achrekar (Treasurer) and MCA chief Vijay Patil.
The chair decided that those who are willing to enjoy their favourite teams live from stadiums must ensure that they are vaccinated fully and have their certificates.
In a meeting before, Aaditya Thackrey said,
“To ensure the smooth flow of the @IPL, Minister @mieknathshinde ji and I conducted a joint meeting of IPL, @BCCI with officers of Police and Municipal Corporations of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai.”
“IPL coming to Maharashtra ensures that the games aren’t played overseas. This is a huge boost for the country, as well as Maharashtra in terms of economy, morale and for the passion of cricket fans.”
The decision to increase the capacity to 50 per cent came after former ICC, BCCI and MCA President, Sharad Pawar had a discussion with the on-chair Chief Minister of the state, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray. Though both the legends were seen on the same page, BCCI is not very sure about the same. This is because, last year due to a sudden spike in COVID cases, the IPL had to be called off and moved to the UAE after a four-month delay.
The BCCI wants to review the first phase of the IPL to be held by April 15, and if all goes well, there may be a possibility of further increase in the capacity of the stadiums.
The problem is not 25 or 50 percent crowd, but is about whether people are following the COVID norms fully or not. If you look at the stadium where the previous matches were being held, very few people or handful of people were seen wearing masks. What about safety, what about protocols?
We suggest that it is good to increase the strength capacity of the stadium but it is also important to ensure the safety of public because no one will know, from where the virus is going enter the lives of people again.
Recently, the BMC, cancelled the contract with the company who ensure people wearing mask at all times in public and if seen not following the rules, they use to heavily fine those individual. This is all good, and we all want to live the normal lives as before, but people are people.
We appreciate the major development from the government and the demand for increasing the capacity to 50 percent, but also, we urge the government and the officers in charge to ensure the COVID protocols at the stadiums to followed properly.