The Madras Cricket Club, throughout its extraordinary common assembly right here on Wednesday night, unanimously, agreed for the demolition of its gymnasium, paving the best way for the creation of eight metres of setback house between the MCC and the`Okay’ stand as mandated by the courtroom.
With the State Government renewing the lease of the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium for the TNCA and the MCC, positioned within the Stadium, the boundaries have been cleared for the reopening of the I, J and Okay stands.
MCC president, R. Ramesh, informed Sportstar, “The meeting lasted an hour and went off smoothly. Certain other items too were on the agenda.”
He added, “Now we will apply to the corporation and the CMDA for permission to carry out the demolition and we are sure we will be granted that since the gym is not a part of any heritage structure.”
Ramesh stated, “Only the two old squash courts, the billiards room and the club office, the three buildings within the MCC complex, have been declared heritage structures.”
He added, “We expect the gym will be demolished some time in February so that the three stands can be reopened for the IPL. Chennai should not, anymore, be denied international matches and the IPL final because these three stands remained closed.”
Ramesh stated, “The cricket fans of the State are the biggest winners. Now we can have more spectators and more big matches at Chepauk.”
After the IPL, the MCC will demolish its pavilion and the membership constructing and assemble new constructions of their place. “The existing buildings have become old,” stated Ramesh.
He added the fee of the demolition and reconstruction of the gymnasium and the pavilion can be borne by the TNCA.