Indore: Two gates of the Holkar Stadium, an IPL venue in the city, which were sealed for non-payment of taxes, were today unlocked after the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) paid the dues to the civic body. Besides the gates, the office of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) CEO was also sealed on Thursday over pending tax dues. MPCA on Friday paid over Rs 29 lakh towards property and other taxes to Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) after which civic officials opened the sealed locks of the CEO’s office and also the gates of the stadium. With this development, the stadium will now be available for the upcoming IPL matches. Indore likely to lose chance to host IPL 2017 matches
IMC Deputy Commissioner Pratap Singh Solanki told PTI that after MPCA paid a cheque of Rs 29.10 lakh to the local body, the sealed office of CEO in Administrative Block and the two main gates of the stadium were opened. In this IPL season, Holkar Stadium is the home ground of Kings XI Punjab. The franchise will play three matches here on April 8, 10 and 20 against Rising Pune Supergiants, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, respectively. Earlier, two gates of Holkar Stadium, an Indian Premier League (IPL) venue, and the office of a senior Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) official were on Thursday sealed by the civic body for non-payment of property tax worth over Rs 29 lakh.
Three IPL matches are slated to be played in April in the stadium. The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) took the action after the MPCA defaulted on payment of property tax. “An IMC team 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.