Nagpur: A petition was filed by law students at the Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday, alleging that the VCA Stadium,Jamtha was given green signal to host 11 T20 matches without the essential safety and environmental checks.
The petition claims that the Vidarbha cricket Association (VCA) which manages the stadium had skipped the fire audit and the authorization from the ministry of environment, they asked the tribunal on Tuesday to order a stay on matches.
Lawyer Asim Sarode has moved the petition, on behalf of Nagpur-based Jai Jawan Jai Kisan secretary Arun Wankar, law student Ankita Shah and RTI activist Toram Harishkumar Naidu, against the VCA, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the Nagpur Improvement Trust, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, the Nagpur divisional commissioner, the superintendent of police (rural), the district collector and others.
The petitioners alleged that the permission to host the T20 matches was given in haste without any proper inspection of the stadium. They claimed that the Jamtha Stadium has violated rules time and again.
The petition stated, “Such illegalities and irregularities have been in place since 2004. The sub-divisional officer had granted permission to the stadium on December 1, 2004, for non-agricultural use. But the VCA’s purpose of purchasing this land was clear from the start — to construct a cricket stadium and a clubhouse, and use them for allied activities.”