Encroachments hurting Bab-e-Aali
THE DEVELOPMENT of historic Bab-e-Aali complex, which has now been turned into a cricket stadium and where a galaxy of international and national cricket stars has played the game, has been stymied because of encroachments around it.india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 11:55 IST
THE DEVELOPMENT of historic Bab-e-Aali complex, which has now been turned into a cricket stadium and where a galaxy of international and national cricket stars has played the game, has been stymied because of encroachments around it.
Bab-e-Aali is the only cricket stadium in the capital that has the potential to host not only national but also the international matches, if properly developed. Since the formal election of Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) in 2005, several efforts have been made but the lack of support from the administration has poured cold water over the efforts.
The stadium has been encroached upon from three sides. The entrance is so small and dilapidated that at on number of occasions, visitors get confused about the entrance. Second one is from the lakeside where several shanties obstruct the enlarging of the straight boundary of the stadium.
“If the shanties were removed, the stadium would be enlarged to the extent that fulfils the standard of any international stadium”, said BDCA vice-president Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan. At present the stadium is 75 yards in the straight boundary.
On the eastern side, where a full stand could have been constructed, the authorities constructed the new building of Sultania School some years ago. “Though the itself school was not the problem, it could be shifted to the old district civil court, which was actually meant to house it initially.
You can see the blackboards in the rooms. Now, the court has been shifted to a new premises, the school premises could be incorporated in the stadium”, opined Khan.
At present, the stadium is 65 yards in the square boundary. After the incorporation, the stadium would be not less than any other international stadium like Indore, he added.
According to Khan, the encroachment has imperilled the stadium. The importance of the stadium could be gauged from the fact that in the recent past under-22 boys’ match was organised by BDCA under the aegis of BCCI.
Apart from this, several all-India cricket tournaments have been organised at the stadium. Khan said that the ground where South Africa historically chased Australia’s 434-run target at Johannesburg is smaller than Bab-e-Aali Stadium. “There is an urgent need to save the stadium from encroachment”, said Khan.
Some unanswered questions
1. Number of ministers visited the Bab-e-Aali Stadium and assured for removing the encroachments but nothing happened till date. Why?
2. Why not the maintenance of stadium given to institutions like BMC, BDCA or any other?
3. Why there is no security measure at the stadium to protect the wicket from damage?
4. Why not the stadium is developed to the international standards, despite having space?
5. Why court’s order of demolishing of some structures around were not followed?