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SC asks DDCA to pay fine for unauthorized structures at Kotla


New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) whether it is ready to pay the fine of Rs. one crore for the unauthorized structures at the Ferozshah Kotla Cricket Stadium.

The apex court said it will use this money for the development of the stadium. The court observed that no good will happen if the structures are brought down.

The Supreme Court has now posted the matter for hearing on Friday.

The court was hearing the DDCA’s petition against a Delhi High Court order dismissing its application for restoration of a plea for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the MCD for the stadium which was denied Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) clearance.

The court had last Monday asked the DDCA to furnish the receipts of payments made to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to obtain NOC for holding cricket matches in the stadium.

The Delhi High Court by its March 3 order had dismissed DDCA’s application to restore its 1997 petition seeking NOC from MCD for the stadium. In its 1997 petition, the DDCA had challenged a June 1992 notification of ASI, as per which construction within 100 metres of ‘Kotla Baoli’ is prohibited. (ANI)

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