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Raipur, Dec. 1 (NDTV) -  The fourth T20 international between India and Australia will be played today at Raipur's Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh stadium. But with just hours to go for the crucial encounter, there is no electricity in parts of the stadium. Reason: An electricity bill which hasn't been paid since 2009.

The stadium has an outstanding bill of ₹ 3.16 crore, due to which the electricity connection at the stadium had been cut 5 years ago. A temporary connection was installed at the request of the Chhattisgarh State Cricket Association, but that only covers the spectators' gallery and boxes. The floodlights during the match today would need to be run using a generator.

Raipur Rural Circle in-charge Ashok Khandelwal said that the Secretary Cricket Association has applied to increase the capacity of the temporary connection of the stadium.

At present, the capacity of the temporary connection is 200 KV. An application to upgrade it to 1 thousand KV has been approved, but work on it hasn't started yet.

In 2018, there was an uproar when athletes participating in a half-marathon realised that there was no electricity supply at the stadium. It was then announced that the electricity bill hadn't been paid since 2009, and had gone up to ₹ 3.16 crore.

After the construction of the stadium, its maintenance was handed over to the Public Works Department (PWD), while the remaining expenses were to be borne by the Sports Department. The two departments have been blaming each other for the unpaid power bill.

The electricity company sent several notices to PWD and Sports Department for clearance of dues, but no payment has been made yet.

Three international cricket matches have been organised in the stadium since the power connection was cut in 2018.

Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh media coordinator Tarunesh Singh Parihar said they are skeptical about hosting international matches as there will be a problem. He said that for big matches, they use generators as an alternative arrangement. 

"As far as the stadium lights are concerned, I don't know how much bill is outstanding but a temporary connection has been taken in the name of CSCS," Mr Parihar said.


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  • Best Friday, 01 December 2023 01:33 PM

    Raipur is not a popular gambling center for ICC( BCCI)

    Ram Friday, 01 December 2023 02:36 PM

    Good work. The institutions appear to be independent. MR/RW/MS are here so no worries

    Cricketer Friday, 01 December 2023 03:47 PM

    Get Sloan from Shammi and other gang.

    Sambo Friday, 01 December 2023 07:44 PM

    India just earned over 12 billion dollars by staging the world cup so pay it up.

    cricketer Saturday, 02 December 2023 06:23 AM

    As seen in the recent ODI cricket world cup this is another ploy by the indian Cricket board the BCCI to unsettle this make shift Australian T20 cricket team and wrap up the series 3-1 by hook or by crook. Surely the BCCI has enough money to pay off their electricity bills and prevent an outage. As such there's no reason whatsoever to change the venue for this match. India is only desperately trying to redeem their lost prestige after the debacle in the ODI cricket world cup by defeating the current T20 cricket world cup champions Australia to gain some momentum before the T20 cricket world cup in June 2024.

    Jude Saturday, 02 December 2023 09:25 AM

    Even Australia batting was experiencing a power outage!! Yeah.

    lalith Saturday, 02 December 2023 05:00 PM

    This is a ploy by bcci to get the bill written off... Board of crooks And criminals international... Bcci.. Has plenty of money which is used for parties and picnics for politicians... Like test matches hence forth all matches will be played in sunlight..

    Ron Sunday, 03 December 2023 10:34 AM

    ICC MUST TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO THIRD WOLD CRICKERTIN ENCOUNTERS PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOR THE GENTALMANS GAME.......(poor representing)


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