SDMC Mayor overrules officers on safety requirements at Ferozshah Kotla stadium
It refers to shocking observations of the Central Information Commissioner Deepak Sandhu on a petition filed under 'Life & Liberty' where even the Commissioner was surprised by the manner in which public safety was put on stake by the Mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in allowing the cash-rich Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) to hold cricket matches on January 13, 2013 and from January 22-26 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi.
APPARENTLY, THE Mayor overruled advice of civic-body officers who suggested not allowing use of the stadium because of continuous default by DDCA in respect of structural safety, clearances from Fire Department and Delhi
Urban Arts Commission etc., and also in respect of long pending civic-dues of rupees 86752780.
DDCA has been getting provisional certificates to hold cricket matches at this ever-risky stadium for the last so many years where even courts from time to time have desired DDCA fulfilling all such requirements in a time-bound period. DDCA has been guilty of ignoring directions of the courts in this regard. Significantly, the DDCA President is a prominent leader of the party in power at SDMC.
It is highly irresponsible of SDMC Mayor that such undesired permission to DDCA is provided with remarks ‘at risk and responsibility of DDCA’ as if the civic-body has no liability and responsibility for any possible casualty by issuing such provisional permissions!
An enquiry is necessary if the stadium is built in violation of norms set for heritage monuments, and if a pillar-shoe is erected in close vicinity of a huge sewer-line. Provisional permission to DDCA to hold India-Australia cricket-match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium (New Delhi) must be withdrawn in case DDCA fails to fulfill all requirements including also relating to safety and pending dues by say end of January 2013.
Even the Land & Development Office (L&DO) of the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) should not allow use of land because DDCA has neither fulfilled conditions of agreement to use the ground nor has it signed the lease-deed since more than a decade.