Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi    IANS
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi IANS

Pollution as well as uncertainty looms over the first T20I between India and New Zealand, at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. As the levels of air pollution in Delhi was cited very poor and severe , Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) banned the use of diesel generator sets (DGs) on October 17 until March 15, 2018, as part of the Graded Response Action Plan to control air pollution unless it has to be used. As a result, Supreme Court refused BCCI s request to use DGs, particularly for floodlights.

From the horse s mouth

Unfortunately it will not be possible for us to agree to such a request as the ban on diesel generator sets is critical in view of the very poor and severe conditions that are prevalent in Delhi for air pollution, responded Bhure Lal, chairperson of EPCA to the request mention in a letter.

Adding further, he said, We have in our last minutes made it clear that we allow for generator sets to be there as back-up but we would not like them to be used because we expect that power is available and therefore there is no need to use generator sets.

Lal then told The Indian Express: What is the need for diesel generator sets when electricity is fully available? Earlier, we had refused permission for DG sets to be used for a Tourism Ministry event.

Enter BCCI

BCCI were not to give in. A called-off match would incur a lot of loss to the board. We have been told by EPCA that the Delhi power authority has informed them there is no shortage of electricity in the capital. Now, the onus is on DISCOMS to provide us uninterrupted power supply, a BCCI spokesperson said on the matter.

Most of our associations use generators since that s the only way we are sure that there wouldn t be a sudden break in power.

A DDCA official confirmed: DG Sets are the only source of power to ensure the uninterrupted coverage of the international match