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Lockdown: Good samaritans help Mumbai’s groundsmen; distribute groceries, medicine

It is almost three months that youths across Mumbai have been devoid of any cricket activity due to the lockdown due to coronovirus. And the most hit are groundsmen, who have struggled to get groceries and other daily necessities. However, he is sometimes helped by some good Samaritans.

On Wednesday, 45-year-old Chunabhatti-based corporator Vijay Tandel distributed groceries and medicines at around 50 grounds in Matunga, Dadaji Maidan, Shivaji Park, Oval Maidan, Cross Maidan and Azad Maidan. Each groundsman received a bag with 5kgs of rice, wheat, each.

Sugar, 1 kg toaster lentils, tea powder, 1 liter oil, some vegetables and medicines including Arsenicum album 30 and Vitamin C pills. “These groundmen have lived in the maiden in the last few months and have limited or no source of income, so I thought of supporting them,” Tandel told Mid-Day on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, former Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) managing committee member Naveen Shetty, who last month distributed groceries to the groundsman, has now provided him with some safety equipment. On Wednesday, they distributed around 100 face shields to Maidan and MCA security staff. Shetty said, “MCA is my home and all of its groundsmen are like members of my family. These face shields can protect them as they go about their daily work despite this COVID-19 epidemic,” Shetty Said, which was distributed in some of the more than 100 face sheets to the city’s hospitals and police.

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