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India vs New Zealand: Pollution cloud hangs over Delhi T20

With Delhi and District Cricket Association not allowed to use diesel-powered generators in the first India vs New Zealand T20I, the state body will have to seek extra power from the state power distribution company.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Oct 27, 2017 22:48 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi will host the first Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand on November 1.(HT Photo)

The recent ban on using diesel generators in the Capital to combat pollution could spell power trouble for the first T20 between India and New Zealand to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla on November 1.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) received a letter from the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Thursday stating that diesel-powered generators should not be used due to the poor air quality in and around New Delhi.

The DDCA uses five generators of 125 KVA each for the floodlights and to ensure uninterrupted power supply during international matches. However, the DDCA, now under the administration of the court-appointed Justice (retd) Vikramajit Sen, will have to find an alternative source of power to stage the game.

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When contacted by Hindustan Times, a DDCA source, who did not wish to be named, said Justice Sen was in talks with the BSES chairman requesting additional power load.

The stadium has an issued load of 1800 KVA. Unless the EPCA gives exemption, the Delhi cricket body will need double the load for the floodlights.

“We were informed on Thursday by EPCA. It is quite an issue at this hour but the meeting is on. We can only request the BSES to double our load. For uninterrupted supply of power, for both lighting and broadcasters, we will need around 3000-3500 KVA. We were told generator sets were banned in marriages or smaller functions, but a recent PIL in the Supreme Court made the earlier verdict stricter,” said the source.

Justice Sen had written to EPCA chairman Dr Bhure Lal, but he turned down the request for exemption pointing out the poor air quality in Delhi.

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The EPCA chief though has assured DDCA that it will get temporary power connection within 24 hours of making a request to the power distribution body.

“We have discussed this matter with the DISCOMS and Delhi Power Secretary and they have assured us there is no power shortage in the city and the DISCOMS will grant temporary connection to anyone who requires power, within 24 hours of receipt of request.

“Please let us know if the DISCOMS have refused to grant you the necessary power load before we can even consider this request,” the EPCA chairman wrote to the cricket body.

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Lal also said generators could be kept strictly as a back-up. “We made it clear that we allow for generator sets to be there as back-up, but would not like them to be used because we expect that power is available and therefore there is no need to use DC generator sets,” the EPCA chief’s letter added.

Diesel generators were banned in Delhi from October 17 when the Supreme Court-empowered EPCA enforced a Graded Response Action Plan. The ban will be in force till March 15, 2018. It is intended to control pollution levels that become severe during the winter months.

Exemption has been given only to the union food processing industries ministry, for an international event from November 3 to 5.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 22:44 IST