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Residents oppose Arera stadium

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 17:12 IST

THE RESIDENTS of E-2 sector of Arera Colony have opposed the construction of stadium at Old Campion Grounds, saying it was in violation of the Master Plan provisions. The Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) is constructing the stadium.

Several residents of E-2 have submitted a memorandum to Housing and Environment Minister Jayant Malaiya, the Mayor, Principal Secretary, Urban Administration, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation commissioner and the officials of the Town and Country Planning.

They said construction of the stadium would create umpteen problems for local residents.  BDA chairman Dhruvnarayan Singh, however, said that people should support this project. “This would be the first cricket stadium in New Bhopal areas. It is not going to create any traffic problem in the area because sports activities would not increase. After the construction, cricket matches played here would be organised systematically”, he added.

On the other hand, the residents said traffic is already creating problems due to commercial activities in this residential area.

“There are apprehensions that the construction of stadium would increase misuse of the ground. We will go to the court against this act, if the authorities concerned failed to take action”, said Harish Trivedi, former secretary of E-2 Rahwasi Sudhar Samiti.

Another resident and office-bearer of the committee, Rajesh Lala, also said that the Master Plan doesn’t allow the construction of stadium in residential area. There is no need to construct the stadium because not more 500 people watch matches here at a time.

In the memorandum, the residents also pointed out that chances of misuse of the stadium would increase since the ground would be covered through an eight-feet-high boundary wall. The local residents also held a meeting today to discuss further action in this regard.