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JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta on Monday directed that as and when the BCCI team wishes to visit Jammu to assess the feasibility regarding land earmarked for the construction of international cricket stadium at Bajalta in Jammu , a communication shall be addressed by the competent authority or an officer authorised in that regard to the Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, who shall depute an officer of his choice, for purpose of only identifying the land however, it will be open to the BCCI to associate JKCA, if they so desire.
The court directions came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Deewakar Sharma seeking direction to JKCA for immediately starting the construction of International Cricket Stadium at Bajalta Jammu soon after the release of already sanctioned amount of Rs. 100 crore.
The DB observed that Sunil Sethi, Senior Advocate appearing on behalf of BCCI submitted that the land earmarked for construction of the International Stadium at Jammu by the Government will be assessed for purposes of feasibility, keeping in view the proximity of the land to Tawi River and the fact it might be flood prone. It was however submitted that a final decision will be taken by an appropriate team, which is likely to be deputed by the BCCI in this regard. A prayer was made that when the team of the BCCI arrives in Jammu, the Deputy Commissioner, Jammu be directed to depute some officer, which can identify the land in question.
In the PIL, it has been submitted that 11 years have been passed in handing over of aforesaid land and in allotment of Rs.100 crore for construction of Cricket Stadium at Bajalta, Jammu but till date not even a single rupee has been released in favour of JKCA.
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