National Sports Complex of India's 15,000 club members denied access as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Make In India Week at the club’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on Saturday
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai, the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI), a premium club, has once again found itself in trouble. Modi launched the Make In India Week at the club’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on Saturday.
Traffic snarls en route to NSCI at Worli, caused by Modi’s visit for Make in India Week. Pic/Bipin Kokate
This, for the odd 15,000 members meant that the NSCI club’s doors were closed to them for the day. Members have floated a solution — that the club and the stadium be divorced.
Viren Shah, one of the elected members of the club sent out messages via social media, in which he had written: It's surely ‘Proud moment for 15,000 members’ that honourable Prime Minister of India is visiting our Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. With due respect to our Prime Minister and his VVIP security concern, we members request, management create a wall and divide the club into two.
Shah said, “The PM’s visit is a matter of prestige for our reputed club, but if we have a separate entry and exit it will be favourable to all future VIP events.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
“The management has always treated the interest of the members of the Club with utmost priority and has taken care of the members interest at all point of time.
“At times, when sports matches are held, part of the Club is cordoned off. In such cases, you never enquire; however, when we stood by a noble cause like Make In India programme you are stirring trouble,” said Jayantilal Shaha, president of the club.
NSCI has had its share of controversies last year after the chief minister’s convoy created a traffic jam, and again when the Jerry Seinfeld show scheduled at the stadium was cancelled at the last moment.