A 100 crore (about $15 USD million) fund has been allocated for existing cricket stadiums across India in a green initiative by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as confirmed by Anurag Thakur, president of BCCI.
Thakur explained that the BCCI will maximise the use of natural resources to improve cricket stadium facilities, and turn these stadiums into green stadiums. These green stadiums will have solar panels, rain water harvesting structures, and use treated sewerage water for watering the cricket ground.
To make this initiative workable, the BCCI has already assigned a representative to the Ministry of Power and Environment to guide the board in materialising the initiative. Thakur added that the Maharashtra and Karnataka Cricket Associations are putting the best renewable energy efforts in by implementing the solar panels in the cricket stadiums. The stadium is also set to undergo regular energy audits.
One of the Indoor Cricket Stadiums at Amaravati Township in Mangalagiri, Guntur District has solid, transparent, eco-friendly poly carbonated sheets as a rooftop material. It’s estimated that around 3 crore (About $450,000 USD) went into the stadium’s development. When complete, the stadium will have seven cricket practicing pitches, bowling machines and video recording installed in all the buildings. Cricket players will have uninterrupted practice sessions even during power cuts, with no generators needed.
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