The determined civic body eye to conclude the project before October 6, as Navi Mumbai hosts the first match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup from October 7 at the DY Patil Stadium, Nerul. To meet the deadlines, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is now determined to accelerate the work ranging from fixing roads to installing streetlights.
As per the residents, this new-found eagerness of the civic body is a desperate attempt to evade a potential embarrassment before the football action.
For instance, the Palm Beach Road, which has been ignored of any kind of overhauling for over a decade, suddenly caught NMMC’s attention right before the World Cup. Surprisingly, the 9 km micro-surfacing of the road finished in just a matter of 10 days.
As stated by Ankush Chavan, the additional municipal commissioner of NMMC, the civic body is set on meeting the deadline, to ensure that sports people visiting the stadium do not suffer.
About hundreds of laborers have been put to task to clear the area, stretched along Sion-Panvel highway. Moreover, the repair work of the highway and the vicinity of stadium seems to be going in tandem as per the public works department’s (PWD’s) strategy.
As a result, potholes on the road that leads to the stadium have been mended, certain regions are being cleaned using water tankers, service roads have been repaired in and around Nerul, new toilet blocks have been placed in proximity to the stadium, streetlights have been installed, and proper signboards have also been installed near the stadium.