The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) breathed a sigh of relief after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) agreed to give them the occupancy certificate as well as No Objection Certificate to host the World T20 and IPL matches.
The association withdrew its application from the Delhi High Court on Tuesday after both parties decided to resolve the matter outside the court.
The biggest hurdle for DDCA was to get the occupancy certificate from the SDMC and until Monday, the SDMC had demanded a fee of Rs 50 lakh from the association and compliance to complete the work within 20 days. It had asked the DDCA to correct a total of 47 violations inside the stadium.
The DDCA, in its defence, told the court that more than 40% of the work was completed and the safety issues will be taken care of.
The DDCA also agreed in court to give SDMC verbal assurance on maintaining safety standards and said that if anything happens on that front, the DDCA will be held responsible.
“We have given them verbal assurance that safety measures inside the stadium will be taken care of. Even the SDMC inspected the venue and was happy with the development. We are happy that the matches are on now,” said DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, who also showed photos of the work that has been done on SDMC’s demand.
Earlier, when the hearing began, the SDMC counsel argued that if DDCA can comply with the demands within 20 days and makes sure the safety issues are taken care of, the SDMC will have no problem in granting them the occupancy certificate.
The two-member bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Vibhu Bakhru then said that if DDCA agrees to give an undertaking that safety issues will be taken care of, the SDMC may provide them the certificates.
Since DDCA’s previous plea had been dismissed as they had been asked to come to court with all the requirements, the court said that if it has to intervene, it will make sure that if DDCA fails to comply within the time-frame of 20 days and fails to get the occupancy certificate, it will make sure the matches don’t take place.
So both the parties deemed it right to decide the case among themselves and arrived at a conclusion that the best arrangement would be to withdraw the application.
“Yes, they were demanding just this much. So we told them that SDMC has already inspected the stadium and they were happy with the progress and the rest was not even related to the safety issues but art work. So we provided them the assurance and SDMC promised to give us the clearance,” said Manchanda.
With this development, it looks like the DDCA will be out of any more trouble related to permissions. “Once we are given the occupancy, there will be no problem to host matches in future,” Manchanda added.
Feroz Shah Kotla will host four matches in the men’s World T20 and six in the women’s World T20.