World Cup final Venue gets safety nod

Mumbai’s revamped Wankhede stadium was cleared by fire chiefs on Tuesday to host the World Cup final, a welcome boost for a venue criticised for failing to respect safety standards.

“We have given the NOC (no objection certificate) to the stadium. They have fulfilled all the fire safety norms,” Mumbai deputy chief fire officer A. N. Shinde told the PTI news agency after a fourth inspection of the ground.

“They can host matches. The stadium is safe and secure.”

The Wankhede will host the final on April 2 as well as two group matches.

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