Formalities done, Jamtha stadium gets occupancy certificate
NAGPUR: Eight days after regularization, the Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has issued the occupancy certificate (OC) to Vidarbha Cricket Association’s (VCA) Jamtha International Cricket Stadium and club house. Though matches have been held at the venue since 11 years, the crucial certificate enables VCA to finally officially use the stadium and club house without the Damocles’ sword of illegalities and no major permissions hanging over its head.
While issuing the OC on Tuesday the NMRDA set three riders. In one, the VCA has to let go a part of its stadium land for a proposed road in the development plan (DP) of the metro region.
NMRDA officials told TOI that a 24-meter wide road is proposed in the DP, which will run parallel to Wardha Road. “The road will pass between the stadium’s east side structure and open space used for parking two-wheelers. It also crosses the existing road connecting Wardha Road with the stadium,” they said.
The VCA also has to seek ‘consent to operate’ certificate from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). As per norms, it is a mandatory for bringing structures like the stadium into use. Also, it had to be sought before the OC is issued.
The NMRDA did ask VCA to submit the MPCB consent letter. VCA wrote back on September 11 stating: “Application seeking consent to operate was submitted long back and is pending. MPCB is not responding on the application. As per section 25 (7) of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act-1974, it is deemed approved.”
However, in March 2016, the MPCB’s city office had written to its Mumbai head office recommending action against VCA for having no environment clearance and consent to operate certificates.
The NMRDA’s final condition is that the VCA should comply with all conditions prescribed while regularizing and sanctioning of layout and building plan of stadium and club house.
The VCA had applied for the OC on March 20, 2018. The application was pending as the stadium and club house did not have all the sanctions.
As reported by TOI on Tuesday, the NMRDA had regularized and sanctioned layout and building plan of stadium and club house on September 9 after recovering charges of Rs8.13 crore. VCA had brought the stadium and club house into use in September 2008 and hosted 33 internationals and a number of national and local matches.