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Is Feroz Shah Kotla ready?

delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2011 00:55 IST
Neelam Pandey

The Feroz Shah Kotla, which will play host to four world cup cricket matches, is yet to get a 'completion certificate' from the MCD.

A completion certificate, granted after the building is completed, guarantees that the building is safe from all aspects - structural as well as from safety point of view.

According to the MCD, they have only issued a provisional occupancy certificate to the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), which manages the stadium, for the scheduled matches. It also claimed that the onus of all the matches on the ground will totally lie on the DDCA.

"There are still a number of things that have to be carried out at Feroz Shah Kotla. Also, the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) has not given them a go-ahead yet. Till they don't fulfil all the criteria, we can't issue them a completion certificate. The spectators' safety is their responsibility," said a senior MCD official.

According to the civic agency, it is only at the time of issuing this certificate do its officials check whether one has stuck to the original plan or not.

Feroz Shah Kotla has been under renovation since 2005. Earlier, the MCD had denied them the No Objection Certificate as they had not paid their property tax and not conformed to building bye-laws.

It said it had given the DDCA a temporary go-ahead, keeping 'national interest' in mind. The DDCA, however, claims that the provisional occupancy certificate is good enough to host the matches.

"The completion certificate has not been issued but a provisional certificate by the MCD is just as good. There should be no problem," said Sneh Bansal, secretary, DDCA.

It is a norm for the MCD to grant provisional permission certificates to the DDCA for conducting matches after all the necessary clearances are acquired. This provisional occupancy certificate for the four matches was issued by the MCD's city zone on February 17.