After getting back the possession of International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday evening following the high court orders, BJP MP Anurag Thakur-headed Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) on Thursday took over its other property in various districts, including five-star hotel 'The Pavilion' at Dharamsala.
The possession was handed over to the HPCA by the district authorities' concerned on Wednesday evening. However, the process could not be completed on Wednesday due to delay in the orders.
The state cricket body had only taken over the Dharamsala cricket stadium on Wednesday. The stadium was taken over by the government on October 26 midnight within hours after the cabinet meeting, presided over by chief minister Virbhadra Singh ordered cancellation of the land lease to the HPCA.
Besides, the Dharamsala cricket stadium and hotel 'The Pavilion', the HPCA property that were taken over by the government included two cricket academies in Gumma and Lalpani in Shimla district and a cricket stadium in Nadaun of Hamirpur district.
The cricket stadium at Bilaspur was forcibly taken over by the Cricket Association of Bilaspur (CAB), a parallel sports body headed by Vikas Thakur, son of former Congress minister Ram Lal Thakur.
The HPCA had moved the high court against the government's decision. The high court in its interim order on November 5 had restored the possession of the stadium and other property taken over by the government to the HPCA.
“We have got back the possession of all property in Shimla, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts,” said HPCA spokesman Sanjay Sharma, adding that the process was competed in the afternoon.
He said 'The Pavilion' had also been opened, while the other properties in the International Cricket Stadium was handed over to the HPCA after comparing the list available with the cricket body and the coordinator appointed by the state government at the time of the possession.
Sharma added that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had also restored the matches scheduled to be held in Himachal, which were supposed to be shifted outside the state after the government took over the HPCA infrastructure.
“The routine activities have been started in the Dharamsala cricket stadium, particularly the maintenance of outfield,” Sharma said, adding that the Dharamsala stadium would be hosting three matches of Ranji Trophy, while six matches of CK Nayudu Trophy, Vijay Merchant Trophy and Cooch Bihar trophy were scheduled to be held in Amatar stadium in Hamipur and Luhnu ground in Bilaspur.