Kotla obtains necessary clearances, but hiccups still abound

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said on Monday that the final completion certificate had been given to the DDCA for the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium after the illegal portions were demolished, but a workers' strike has given the Delhi board cause for concern.

Demolition of old stands have allowed for the necessary clearances from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.   -  R. V. Moorthy

The mandatory clearances have come but the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) continues to battle uncertainties on different fronts. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said on Monday that the final completion certificate had been given to the DDCA for the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium after the illegal portions were demolished.

“They removed the excess coverage and paid us the fine. As far as we are concerned, the stadium conforms to the Building Bye-Laws now, so there is no problem,” said SDMC Mayor Subhash Arya.

Arya added that the move would ensure that “Delhi would be able to host matches of the World T20” and that cricket fans would not be inconvenienced.

The DDCA was expecting a few other things to fall in place in a day or two. Acting president of the DDCA, Chetan Chauhan, made it clear that the issue of the old Club House would not adversely impact the arrangements for the match. “The matter is subjudice,” he said. There were doubts regarding the old Club House being used for the match because the Archaeological Survey of India had objected to the structure being too close to the Ferozeshah Kotla ruins.

“The World T20 matches will happen,” said Chauhan, happy that the necessary permissions from the municipal corporation had been obtained.

An embarrassment

The workers’ strike, however, created to be an embarrassment for the DDCA, even as an International Cricket Council (ICC) member took stock of the arrangements for the media and broadcasters. The workers have cut off water supply, resulting in the ground not getting watered for the last two days. This has left the curator Ankit Datta a worried man.

The DDCA insisted it had only followed the rules in deciding the issue of bonus to the workers. But a representative of the workers had a different story. “We are being denied what is due to us,” he said and claimed that the workers had an agreement with the previous management on the issue.