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ICC inspection report on Eden Gardens

Nagraj Gollapudi

January 29, 2011

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A payloader removes an iron structure  during the renovation of Eden Gardens, Kolkata, January 5, 2011
Eden Gardens: Long way to go still © AFP

Following are the outstanding issues at Eden Gardens which forced the ICC to pull the plug on the venue. These are some of the salient points listed in the final Venue Inspection Report (a copy available to ESPNcricinfo), dated January 25, prepared by the inspection panel of Ratnakar Shetty, Campbell Jamieson, Chris Tetley and Professor Eugene van Vuuren.

Major works to complete

  • Completion of roof structure

  • Installation of bucket seating

  • Removal of workers' accommodation units from within the venue

  • Completion of corporate boxes

  • Completion of security perimeter fencing

  • The precinct around the entire venue along with the security perimeter requires a concerted effort to complete.

  • Confirmation of lighting levels post construction of new roofing structures

  • Installation of entry gates

  • Extension to both main camera gantries which would provide sufficient space for all cameras required to cover a game, and to cover both pitches that will be used.

  • New midwicket camera position to be constructed since the previous location is now obscured by the new stand construction and the replay screen

  • No plans have been provided as to the building program for the venue

  • No certification of any aspects (health and safety, disaster management) of the venue has been submitted or offered

  • There is no acknowledgement of the agreements relating to ICC ticket requirements and to providing suitable hospitality facilities for ICC sponsors.

  • The corporate suites on both sides of the main stands need to be finished.

  • New electronic replay screens are to be installed as there is one manual scoreboard at the moment.

  • The position of the radio commentators on the lower level must be reconsidered as the commentators will constantly be under pressure from the spectators in front of them and having police to manage crowds is not viable.

  • With regards to the power supply, at the moment the stadium uses generators as back-up in an emergency. It should instead be changed to UPS.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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