With the satellite city all geared up to host football semi-finals today, i.e., Oct 25, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) has decided to give a surprise to the soccer lovers. Apparently, NMMT has decided to offer free rides to the spectators, who wish to see the live action. As the stage is set for the FIFA under-17 semis tussle between Mali and Spain, it will be the last game of the tournament to be played in Navi Mumbai. The semi-final match will kick-start at 8 pm at D Y Patil stadium.
NMMT has decided to offer free of cost rides to football fans. They will be ferried to the DY Patil stadium from their designated parking lots. To eliminate any potential discrepancies, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), the city police, and the traffic department have left no stone unturned.
According to NMMC commissioner N Ramaswami, “we have deployed 24 buses including a couple of A/C buses to ferry spectators to the stadium from various parking locations. City roads have been lit up for the semi-finals.”
Talking to a newspaper daily the general manager of NMMT, Shirish Aradwad informed that “there will be two pick-up and drop points to avail the free rides—Tandel ground and Seawood Mall.”
As per a senior cop, the city will be laced with heavy security for foreign delegates and dignitaries specifically from the 2 playing countries that are anticipated on the finale for the host city. Moreover, heavy vehicles will be banned along the busy Sion-Panvel highway. They can also impose any diversions if needed as the match is scheduled to start at 8 pm.
Separate parking slots for Ola and Uber cabs have been allotted at Uran Phata ground. Parking areas are situated at Seawoods Mall, Tandel ground, Uran Phata in Nerul, Wonders Park and Little World mall in Kharghar. Deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Nitin Pawar said, “Parking has never been a problem ever since the matches kicked off.”
Also, towing vans have been put to service to keep no-parking zones around the stadium clear.