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Demolish BCCI, IPL offices at Wankhede: Plea

mumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2010 01:12 IST
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The petitioner, who challenged the redevelopment of Wankhede stadium last year, now wants the Board for Control of Cricket in India and Indian Premier League offices and Garware Club House on the premises razed.

Social activist Amit Maru on Tuesday filed a chamber summons (application) in the Bombay High Court adding the BCCI and IPL headquarters, Garware Club House and 12 others, who have headquarters or offices inside the stadium, as respondents.

His application also sought to convert the stadium into a public recreation ground as shown in the development plan.

The south Mumbai stadium is being revamped for the Cricket World Cup finals in 2011.

Last year, Maru had filed a PIL seeking restraint on the work alleging that the municipal corporation had granted redevelopment permission without proper Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) and environmental clearances.

The PIL sought to shut down all commercial activities inside the stadium such as offices and departmental stores.

“All the impugned constructions — BCCI and IPL headquarters, Garware Club House, banquet halls, commercial offices, and stadium — are in the heritage precinct. As per the coastal zone management plan, this has to be classified as being in Coastal Regulatory Zone-I, hence no construction is possible,” his application says.

The application alleges that “the commercial headquarters of the BCCI and the IPL are made on a ground reserved as recreation by making a false declaration that the said place was an ‘indoor cricket wing’.”

Maru’s counsel Y.P. Singh claimed there are 48 violations because of the redevelopment work. According to the Development Control Rules, 1967, the Development Control Regulations, 1991 and the National Building Code of India, there should be 20 metres open space around a stadium building, but there’s no such space provided at Wankhede.

The redevelopment plan also envisages constructing a basement, which requires extraction of groundwater. But this is banned under the CRZ notification.

A division bench of Justice F.I. Rebello and Justice Mridula Bhatkar asked Maru to serve a copy of his chamber summons and PIL to all 15 additional respondents. The matter will be next heard on April 22.