Nagpur : NGT Argued To Shutdown Nagpur Jamtha Cricket Stadium As It Doesn't Have Any Environmental Clearance

As the cricket fans around Nagpur are going insane within the record 11 T20 World Cup matches in town, the green volunteers appear not so happy over the development!

As the cricket fans around Nagpur are going insane within the record 11 T20 World Cup matches in town, the green volunteers appear not so happy over the development! Along with the reason they've chosen to pick up is the non compliance of safety and environmental standards in the VCA stadium.

Nagpur-based law students, together with social activists, have transferred the National Green Tribunal (western zone), Nagpur, alleging that the stadium was given the go ahead to conduct T20 matches without the mandatory security and environmental checks.

Claiming the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA), which manages the arena, bypassed the fire audit as well as the authorization from the ministry of environment, they asked the tribunal on Tuesday to purchase a

Remain on matches.

The plaint has been moved under sections 14 and 15 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 .

The petitioners alleged that the arena had not been properly inspected by the authorities and was granted permission to host the matches in haste. They maintained the Jamtha Stadium has flouted

Rules again and time. Not only has it not been given the go ahead from the ministry of environment, but the Airports Authority of India has also not authorised to be used it, they said. The arena is in

close closeness of the Nagpur airport.

"Such illegalities and irregularities have now been in place since 2004. The sub-divisional officer had granted permission to the stadium on December 1, 2004, for non-agricultural use. However, the VCA's goal of

purchasing this property was clear from the beginning -- to build a cricket stadium along with a clubhouse, and use them for allied activities," stated the petition.

RTI reveals

Ankita Jain (27), one of the petitioners, told mid-day that the students had found out using the RTI Act the VCA had neglected to get the mandatory environmental clearance before constructing the stadium. "To date, it has not got it, offending provisions of the 2006 telling of the ministry of environment and forests." "It is a clear manipulation of the laws," alleged Jain.

Sarode said the VCA has taken up approval on a case by case basis. "It had written to the chief fire officer at Nagpur on October 23, 2013, seeking a provisional no-objection certificate (NOC) for a one-day

International cricket match, that year, scheduled for October 30. This letter suggests that when matches were to be the VCA didn't bother to procure a NOC in the fire department, but applied for one

played." He alleged that such half hearted measures of the VCA get the lives of the great number of visitors at risk during matches.