Mumbai: Following the COVID19 outbreak in the state, Kolkata Police wrote to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), requesting it to allow iconic Eden Gardens stadium to be used as quarantine centers with immediate effect for its police personnel.
“Kolkata Police is in urgent need of a large accommodation for setting up makeshift quarantine centers for Kolkata Police personnel with immediate effect,” CAB president Abhishek Dalmiya, the Kolkata Police Commissioner’s office said in a letter.
“It is requested that the space under the gallery of blocks E, F, G, H, and J with the provision of kitchens inside Eden Gardens stadium may kindly be provided on a temporary basis free of cost to Kolkata Police for the said purpose”, the letter further said.
West Bengal: Kolkata Police wrote to Abhishek Dalmiya, President of Cricket Association of Bengal requesting him to allot five blocks of Eden Gardens for setting up makeshift quarantine centre for Kolkata Police Personnel with immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/1uX7mjOLZ2
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Remarkably, with a capacity of 80,000, Eden Gardens is currently the second-largest cricket stadium in India and the largest cricket stadium in the country for several years before it was overtaken by the recently-inaugurated Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, which has a seating capacity of more than a lakh.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Police has so far reported around 550 positive cases of coronavirus. More than 400 of them have already been recovered.