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Civic body looks other way as Kotla flouts safety rules

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 10, 2013
First Published: 23:58 IST(10/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:00 IST(11/1/2013)

An RTI reply has revealed that the civic agency has been putting thousands of lives at stake by making do with just a provisional completion-cum-occupancy certificate vis-à-vis the structural stability and fire safety clearances for the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium since April 2005.

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The 45,000-odd capacity stadium hosted an ODI match on January 6 and will host the next one on February 22.

Activist Subhash Agrawal had sought to know the status of 'completion-cum-occupancy' certificate given by the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to the stadium.

In April 2005, the MCD had given special permission for holding an ODI on April 17, 2005, without the mandatory completion-cum-occupancy certificate and other clearances, including that from the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC).

"I raised queries related to structural stability, clearance from fire department, etc., as it affects the lives of thousands of people, including myself," Agrawal said.

He had asked whether any certificate was given later and also asked for copies of correspondence since April 2005 till the receipt of a Delhi High Court order referred in a MCD letter of April 2012.

After the split of the MCD into three, the stadium falls in the jurisdiction of South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

"The Delhi district cricketing association had approached the high court in 2010 in connection with a DUAC stipulation about foot over bridge for pedestrian movement outside the stadium," said Mukesh Yadav, spokesperson of the south corporation.

"The court had then asked the MCD to issue a 'provisional' certificate. Basic safety requirements are taken care of and only then a provisional certificate is issued," Yadav defended.

Meanwhile, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has summoned the north corporation's information officer for not replying to the RTI application with 48 hours.

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