Mohun Bagan Super Giant will kick off their ISL 2023-24 season tomorrow playing against Punjab FC at Salt Lake Stadium. The MBSG management has requested the West Bengal Transport department for extra metro and busses towards places like Salt Lake, Ultadanga, Sealdah, and others during ISL 10. They also have requested the metro authorities for at least three metro trains after the game in Kolkata. The management has noticed that the existing public transportation infrastructure sometimes falls short of accommodating the increased demand, leading to inconvenience for fans and traffic congestion in the vicinity of the stadium.
The Mohun Bagan head coach is quite positive before his team kicks off tomorrow against Punjab. He addressed ISL as a very tough and competitive league and playing each game is like finals. The match will be played at the Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow kicking off at 8:00 P.M. (IST)
"Tomorrow we start a new tournament… When you play in this league, more or less it's finals. ISL is not an easy tournament, everyone has to be ready and have the right mentality. I hope we will be focused for the whole 90 minutes because it will be not easy. It's really necessary to put focus on the game," Head coach Juan Ferrando addressed the media during the pre-match press conference today.
The Mohun Bagan Super Giant Director, Vinay Chopra wrote a letter to Snehasis Chakraborty, the Minister of Transport Government of West Bengal. He requested the department for extra busses and metros towards places like Salt Lake before and after the match. Here is the letter in detail.
"Respected Sir, We are writing this letter to draw your valued attention in respect of Indian Super League (ISL) and AFC Cup matches scheduled at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. The ISL is commencing from September 23, 2023 in Kolkata, our team will be playing against Punjab FC and Kick-Off time of the match is 8:00 pm. We have witnessed thousands of spectators who flock to the stadium on match days. The existing public transportation infrastructure sometimes falls short of accommodating the increased demand, leading to inconvenience for fans and traffic congestion in the vicinity of the stadium."
"Sir, we hereby earnestly request your valued intervention in addressing this issue by providing extra bus services on Mohun Bagan Super Giant ISL and AFC Cup match dates scheduled at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. These additional services would not only alleviate the transportation issues of football fans and will also help in reducing traffic congestion during the end of the match."
"We understand that providing additional bus services might require coordination between various government departments, but with your valued support and cooperation we are assured that the adequate transportation services shall be made available on match days. This will ensure the safety and convenience of all attendees who come from different parts of the city to see the match. The fixtures of ISL and AFC Cup 2023-24 is enclosed herewith for kind reference and perusal."
They also addressed about the Kolkata Derby. They want to share the details of the Derby match bus requirement in a separate letter.