Pay 120 crore to renew Wankhede stadium lease: Maha Govt. to MCA

Pay 120 crore to renew Wankhede stadium lease: Maha Govt. to MCA
The stadium is owned by the Mumbai Cricket Association and also houses the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (Picture Courtesy: Architectural Digest India)

The Maharashtra government has demanded Rs 120 crore from Wankhede Stadium for the renewal of its lease, the Assembly was informed on Friday.

The stadium is owned by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

Apart from being the home of the Mumbai Ranji team and the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, it also houses the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, in a written reply, said the Mumbai city district collector sent a notice to the MCA about the dues on April 16.

His reply came in response to a question of how the government proposed to recover Rs 120 crore in unpaid dues and lease renewal from the stadium.

The earlier lease agreement expired on February 5, 2018, and the MCA had written to the Chief Minister seeking its renewal in 2017 itself, the reply said.

The stadium, located off the Arabian Sea, has hosted several memorable matches, including the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final in which the Indian team emerged victorious.

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