NAVI MUMBAI: Looking at the number of empty seats during the opening day matches of Under-17 FIFA World Cup at D Y Patil stadium on October 6, NMMC has promised to fill the stadium in the forthcoming matches by getting students to the stadium.
Local students with free passes will form a major chunk in the audience galleries at the stadium which has a capacity of 50,000 spectators on Monday.
In this direction, NMMC has managed 10,000 passes from match organizers so that both civic school and private school students in the city who had participated in the largest walkathon on October 5. They will have a lifetime experience to watch the action live at two back-to-back fixtures of Turkey vs Mali and Paraguay vs New Zealand that are lined up on October 9 from 5pm onwards.
In the last match on Friday, 900 civic school students accompanying 100 teachers were privileged to get free passes to take a glimpse of the action on ground despite unexpected showers.
The 10,000 passes will be distributed among 8,000 private school students and 2,000 civic school students for Monday matches.
According to civic body sources, most tickets were either sold out or issued to stakeholders but due to the rains many did not turn up which created a vacuum in the stadium.
“We were given 1,000 free passes and our civic school students have got the privilege. For the Monday matches we had asked for 10,000 passes and our plea was accepted by the organizers. We are giving preference to those students irrespective of civic and private schools who were part of our Walkathon for the October 9 matches. We can’t discriminate among civic and private schools,” said Ankush Chavan, additional municipal commissioner, NMMC.
The four teams also carried out their final practice session on Sunday at the four practice grounds at the D Y Patil campus, Navi Mumbai Sports Association and Yashwantrao Chavan Maidan ahead of the Monday matches, beginning from 5pm.
Security, parking and other civic arrangements will remain the same as it was on last Friday.
NMMC and the city traffic wing have fixed adequate parking slots at six different locations in Nerul and Kharghar which can accommodate a maximum of 13,000 vehicles to avert congestion in the vicinity of game venue.
Heavy vehicles will be banned from the Sion-Panvel highway and Uran roads from 6am onwards on Monday.
The city traffic department has deployed 287 constabulary staff and 34 officers to man the roads and bylanes in the vicinity of the match venue. An elaborate security arrangement has been done while considering players’ safety at four practice grounds and hotels where they are put up besides the match venue. Over a thousand policemen will be on their toes as part of the multi-layer security cover.
Credit : B B Nayak | TOI