Petitioners claim a life-threatening block at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
A petition before the Delhi High Court sought instructions from the cricketing body — Delhi and the District Cricket Association (DDCA) — not to use the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium RP Mehra Block in the upcoming matches, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled there until it is certified as structurally stable.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru said he would consider the plea together with the main petition, claiming that the RP Mehra Block, also known as the old clubhouse, was unauthorized as it was built without any sanctioned plan. The request was moved by one of the petitioners, Dinesh Saini, who claimed the block was a threat to public security and human life and was liable for demolition.
Both cases will be listed on April 25 for hearing says the Delhi High Court.
Mr. Saini said in the application that the 5th One Day International (ODI) between India and Australia is scheduled to be played in the stadium on March 13th and Delhi Capitals home matches will be played on the grounds of Feroz Shah Kotla once the IPL’s 12th edition begins on March 23.
He argued that there is a possibility that the stadium-owned DDCA could use the RP Mehra Block to seat spectators without the court’s permission. His application claims that there is currently no sanction plan for the block and therefore no temporary occupation certificate or certificate of objection or municipal clearance can be granted to use the old clubhouse. He also claimed the block was a fire hazard, and if used could result in an incident similar to the recent Karol Bagh hotel fire tragedy that claimed 17 lives.
Saini sought an order to seal the R P Mehra block until it was decided on the main petition.