State Government demands ₹120 crore from Wankhede Stadium for lease renewal

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) owes Maharashtra government ₹120 crore and accordingly, the state government has issued a notice to the cricket association

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On June 21, the state government sent a notice to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) demanding ₹120 crore for the renewal of lease of the association-owned Wankhede Stadium. Maharashtra government had made the announcement for the same in the Assembly on Friday. The stadium also houses the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). 

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, in a written reply, had said that Mumbai city district collector had sent a notice to MCA about the dues on April 16. Patil's reply came in response to a question of how the government intended to recover ₹120 crore from the stadium.

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The reply further stated that the lease agreement between the stadium and government had expired earlier on February 5, 2018, and the MCA had written to the Chief Minister seeking its renewal in 2017 itself.

Wankhede Stadium has been an iconic sporting stadium for Mumbai and stands as a symbol for Indian cricket after several memorable matches, including the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final in which India emerged victorious. 

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