With just hours to go for India vs Australia 4th T20, a report from NDTV dispelled concerns of an electricity crisis at Raipur’s Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh stadium. It has been learnt that the electricity bill has not been paid by the stadium authorities since 2009. The report claimed that Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh stadium has an outstanding bill of Rs 3.16 crore and the electricity department had cut the stadium’s connection 5 years ago.
There might be a total blackout in some parts of the stadium, while the spectators’ gallery and boxes will get electricity through a temporary connection, that was installed after a request of the Chhattisgarh State Cricket Association. The floodlights during today’s day and night match would be powered using a generator.
Since the electricity has been cut in the stadium, three international matches have been played there. The PWD department had sent various notices to the stadium authority for the pending bills but they haven’t got any response as of yet.
President of Chattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) which currently manages the stadium, categorically mentioned that they have no pending bills under them. He mentioned that the dues were under the previous government department. He stated.