Basketball stadium for 2010 Games hit by court stay

February 24th, 2009 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The construction of an indoor basketball stadium at the Ajmal Khan Park in west Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games was put on hold Tuesday after the Delhi High Court imposed an interim stay on a plea that it posed ecological hazards.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khanna put an interim stay on the ongoing construction of the stadium after amicus curiae (appointed by court) submitted his report that the construction would pose great danger to environment.

Acting on a petition of an NGO, the court also asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to submit a detailed report over the commercial activities going on in the park here over the past one year, calculate the revenue and submit a report by March 18.

Raj Panjwani, amicus curiae, in his report said that a lot of commercial activity is going on at the park along with the construction of the indoor basketball stadium.

The public interest petition was filed by voluntatry organisation Paryavaran Evam Jan Uthan, which challenged the stadium construction on the ground that it was not environment friendly.

The NGO alleged that a 100-tonne AC would be installed at the stadium, which is very hazardous for the environment.

The proposed stadium being constructed by the MCD at a cost of Rs.60 million would be of world class with a 3,000-seat capacity, and with 10 rooms for players to stay and an ultra-modern multi-gym.

The foundation stone of the Master Prithvi Nath Basketball Stadium was laid by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra in July 2008.

The court’s stay comes on a day when a Parliamentary Standing Committee report said that Delhi was lagging far behind schedule in preparing for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The report, which was presented to both houses of parliament, said: “The committee is perturbed to note that the countdown to Commonwealth Games has begun but there seems inadequate infrastructure in all sectors such as roads, airport, accommodation, surface transport, entertainment, basic amenities, parking, information centres, security, stadia and supply of power.”

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