Court-appointed committee to study basketball stadium proposal

March 26th, 2009 - 10:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday set up a committee to study the ecological effect if construction of a proposed indoor basketball stadium at Ajmal Khan Park in west Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games is allowed.
The committee will be headed by the chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). He and four others members will study the ecological effect the construction would have on the area.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khanna asked the committee to submit a detailed report within six months.

The court had last month stayed construction of the stadium.

The court acted on a public interest petition filed by voluntary organisation Paryavaran Evam Jan Uthan, which challenged the 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 Municipal Corporation of Delhi at a cost of Rs.60 million, would be world-class with 3,000-seat capacity. It would have 10 rooms for players and an ultra-modern gym.

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