Featured Image: An overcast sky over Salt Lake stadium after spells of rain in the morning.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 8 October: LIGHT to moderate spells of rain Kolkata since morning has cast a shadow of gloom over the two FIFA U-17 World Cup Football matches that are to be held at Salt Lake stadium from today afternoon.
The city woke up an overcast sky this dawn and as the morning progressed, drizzles started coming down. By 9 am, drizzles upgraded themselves into moderate rain and which are continuing at intermittent breaks in several parts of the city.
According to the Alipore Weather Observation Centre, until 9.30 am, it has rained about 9 mm in Kolkata.
There is possibility of heavy rainfall in spells during the later parts of the day in North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah, and East and West Midnapore. Salt Lake, though located close to Kolkata, is located in North 24-Parganas.
The forecast is already showing a manifestation at the ground. Kolkata Municipal Corporation has recorded 7.87 mm of rainfall near Salt Lake stadium until 11.30 am. The first match there is slated for 5 pm between Chile and England, the second match is at 8 pm between Iraq and Mexico.
Kolkata Police have earmarked Ultadanag and Milan Mela on EM Bypass as the transport hubs where buses with spectators from different parts of Kolkata and the neighbouring districts will terminate. After this, shuttle buses will drop the spectators Ultadanag and Milan Mela to the Salt Lake stadium. The refurbished stadium has a capacity to seat 66,600 spectators.
Centre for Protection of Democratic Rights and Secularism ~ a civil rights group ~ has called for a protest march from Sealdah Big Bazar against the eviction of slum dwellers from in and around Salt Lake stadium for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The rally will start at 2 pm.