Though the most awaited tournament, FIFA u-17 World Cup, began with a bang, it cannot go without notice, that along with a stellar start, the city also faced some issues. First, it was the process of micro-surfacing of the roads that led to the emergence of complaints of pollution by not so happy residents and activists. And now, it is the fact that over 10,000 students belonging to NMMC schools were deprived of basic drinking water at the stadium even though they received complimentary tickets that has again enraged the city.
Here’s what people had to say about the issue:
Navi Mumbai mayor Sudhakar Sonawane: “I received complaints about students not being allowed to carry water inside. We had given children biscuit packets before the matches but security personnel disallowed that too. With food and water overpriced, what do you expect municipal students to do inside?”
RTI activist Anarjit Chauhan: “Packaged water of one litre (MRP Rs20 per bottle) was being sold for Rs60, which is illegal and ridiculous.”
NMMC official: “Security personnel did not even allow a young woman accompanied by her toddler to carry baby food inside. The organizers must install water dispensers near entry gates.”
Controller of Legal Metrology Amitabh Gupta: “If water and food are being sold at rates more than their MRP, I will tell my officials to inquire and take action.”
Stadium spokesperson: “We have no say in food and water being sold, as it is being done by Fifa and their sponsors. I am aware water is being sold for Rs50-60, but that is the case at other Fifa venues too.”
Though the fact that the tournament has graced Navi Mumbai with its presence, it seems like it’s gradually proving to be a little trying for the city.