Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association seeks IAF nod for stadium near air base
GHAZIABAD: The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) has sought a no objection certificate (NOC) from the Indian Air Force for construction of buildings inside the proposed international cricket stadium in Raj Nagar Extension.
The Hindon IAF base is close to the stadium and as per rules, it is mandatory to seek NOC from the the force.
“The aerial distance between the proposed stadium and the Hindon IAF base is about 3kms and as per rules, the height of any building within 4.1kms from the base should not exceed 45 m and even for that, an NOC from the IAF is needed,” said an official from the UPCA. “According to the rules, we have applied for an NOC from the IAF,” the official added.
Meanwhile, the UPCA is yet to submit plan for the proposed stadium to the GDA. The UPCA has been seeking higher floor area ratio (FAR) but under the existing bylaws, the authority cannot allow it. “The UPCA has sent a formal request for change in land use policy. But it has not submitted the lay out plan of the stadium, which is a pre-requisite for the matter to move,” said Asheesh Shivpuri, the chief town planner, GDA.
“As for higher FAR, the UPCA is demanding 2.8 on 40% of the covered area for the international cricket stadium. But as per building bylaws and existing land use policy, the stadium is under recreational land use policy and under this category, maximum permissible FAR is 0.4 on 20% of covered area. It is not under the GDA’s jurisdiction to change it. It can be done only at the highest level in the government,” said Shivpuri.
A total of 33.67 acres have been earmarked in Raj Nagar Extension area for the stadium. The UPCA, in its proposal to the state government, has said that it needs 10 acres of the stadium’s land to develop a hotel and club.