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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Ranchi plunges into a ‘dark’ hall of shame

Sanjoy Dey and PC Jha, Hindustan Times  Ranchi, September 23, 2013
First Published: 00:39 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:42 IST(23/9/2013)

Two power cuts on Black Sunday marred the mood at International Stadium Complex (ISC) in Ranchi, even though the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) had assured glitch-free matches before the commencement of the sporting extravaganza.

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The first blackout took place around 6:13pm, when one of the light towers in the stadium plunged into darkness. Organisers were forced to halt the Trinidad & Tobago versus Brisbane Heat match for around 10 minutes.

The state-of-the-art stadium has six light towers, with each of them comprising 70-80 floodlights.

“Technical snag disrupted power supply temporarily.  But it was rectified immediately,” said Manoj Kumar, media manager of JSCA.

The blackout recurred once again at 9:50pm. This time, the match between Chennai Super Kings and Titans was interrupted for some 11 minutes.

The Ranchi stadium had earlier witnessed a power cut during a high-voltage IPL encounter. 

Against such a backdrop, JSCA president Amitabh Chaudhary, at a recent press meet, had claimed that there would be ‘zero power cut’ during the matches. He had said that Jharkhand State Electricity Board and the cricket body had made arrangements to prevent blackouts. 

While power cuts played a spoilsport on Sunday, the Weather God brought smiles on the faces of sports aficionados. At least rain was no deterrent to Ranchi’s maiden Champions League Twenty20 tie.

However, many cricket lovers had a tough time coming to the stadium owing to the ongoing strike of drivers of diesel-run autos. “The district administration should have kept an alternative arrangement in place,” said Harish, a 29-year-old cricket fan.

Even petrol-run autos and city buses were less in number.

“We wanted to ply on road keeping in view the CLT20 matches in Ranchi. But diesel auto association resorted to vandalism at several places, which forced us to stay off the roads,” said Tabrez Ahmed, secretary of Ranchi Petrol Auto Associaton.

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