Office of MPCA sealed in Indore’s Holkar Stadium

With only a week to go for the IPL, it is important that the issues are resolved as soon as possible.

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Holkar Stadium. (Photo Source: MPCA)

With only five days left for the 10th edition of Indian Premier League to commence, two gates of Indore’s Holkar Stadium have been sealed, and a senior official of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) was stopped from entering the stadium by the municipality since tax dues worth over Rs 29 lakh are not cleared.

The stadium is going to host three matches of Kings XI Punjab next month. Thus, before the IPL season starts, sealing of gates is a big blow to the MPCA and also to the Kings XI Punjab franchise.

“An IMC team also sealed the office of Chief Executive Officer located in the MPCA’s administrative building and two main gates of Holkar Stadium for not paying property tax dues worth Rs 29,90,605,” MPCA stated in its official statement to PTI.

“The action was taken in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Corporation Act, 1956,” IMC Deputy Commissioner Pratap Singh Solanki further explained.

Considering that the state association played an important role in the planning process for the IPL matches, the first of which is set to take place in only a week, there is high doubt over whether the preparations can go over smoothly.

MPCA says that it should pay Rs 7.40 lakh as property tax and it has been doing that since the financial year of 2010-11. But, as per the municipal corporation, the playing surface of the stadium was not declared in previous financial years so IMC believes that more taxes had to be levied as it was to be considered as an area used by the MPCA for some commercial gain.

With only a week to go for the IPL, it is important that the issues are resolved as soon as possible, otherwise the venue for the Punjab games may have to be shifted.