The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) announced on Thursday that rail service on all three lines will be extended until 12:30 a.m. on Sunday in the event of the India-Australia T20 match.
The game will take place at Uppal’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. On Sunday, traffic is expected to be heavy around the stadium. To make travel easier, the metro rail may increase the frequency of trains on the same day.
Chaos ensues at Gymkhana grounds
On Thursday morning, nearly 20 people were injured while trying to buy tickets for the upcoming T20 match between India and Australia at Gymkhana grounds.
V Srinivas Goud, minister for sports and youth affairs, convened a review meeting with government officials and the Hyderabad Cricket Association later.
It was decided at the meeting that 7,000 tickets would be sold online.
Earlier in the day, police used lathi charges on cricket fans who had gathered at Gymkhana for tickets to the India-Australia match.
According to reports, many people fainted, nearly 20 were injured, and seven were taken to Yashoda Hospital for treatment. The police launched an investigation into what caused the chaos at the ticket counters. There have been no reported deaths.
Minister Srinivas Goud has promised an investigation into the incident because there are allegations that tickets were sold in black, causing the crowd to become more agitated.
The fans claimed that the authorities had not anticipated such a large crowd would gather to buy tickets and had not made adequate preparations. Angry fans claim that the online sale of tickets was halted after only 10 minutes, leaving them with no choice but to crowd the venue.
People even criticized the HCA’s president, former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin, for the board’s utter mismanagement.
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