Old-timers can’t recall a time when Ferozeshah Kotla was final used as a place to accommodate migrant labour. The stadium premises was used over the past three days to accommodate and check migrant labour from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh earlier than being transported to bus and railway stations to return dwelling.
Colonel Vijay Bhushan, a retired Delhi cricketer, who performed first-class from 1959 to 1973 says, the stadium was not even used throughout Partition for housing any migrant and that is the primary time he’s listening to of it.
On Tuesday, the bottom that had housed about 2000-2500 migrants was sanitised after the final batch was dispatched.
“We have been told that there could be more labour that will housed here in the coming days,” stated DDCA joint secretary Rajan Manchanda. “We were given a notice of 15 minutes by the Delhi government and the Delhi Disaster Management Authority the day before. They brought in beds, everything. They were being brought in twice a day. On the first day, we got 10 buses, carrying 500 people in the morning. Again, 10 more came in the evening, returning with the first one. Our entire staff was put on duty – electricians, plumbers etc.”
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) had already sounded the federal government about making the place obtainable for quarantine and in addition pledged R5 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in addition to R11 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, stated Manchanda.
“The SDM had taken note of it on April 10 and put this in the list of places that could be used for contingency.”
The affiliation, nevertheless, saved the dressing rooms and grounds out of bounds, giving the migrants the realm across the nets.