MCA officials meet Maharashtra CM for renewal of Wankhede Stadium lease

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The Mumbai Cricket Association office bearers have discussed the renewal of the lease of Wankhede Stadium with the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association have met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday. Renewal of the lease of iconic Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai was the key point on the agenda, which also included eight other matters.

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A senior MCA office-bearer confirmed the development.

It is understood that a total of nine issues were discussed with Thackeray.

In June last year, the previous Devendra Fadnavis government had demanded ₹120 crore from MCA for renewal of lease of Wankhede Stadium. In April last year, the Maharashtra Government had sent a notice to the MA asking it to pay ₹120 crore towards unpaid dues and lease renewal, failing which it will have to vacate premises of the iconic Wankhede Stadium.

The 50-year lease of the 43,977.93 square-metre (52,597 yard) plot of the iconic Wankhede Stadium had expired in February 2018.

Wankhede Stadium is the centre of power for the Indian cricket and the hub of cricket activities in the Indian business and cricket capital. Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium is also in the close proximity of the Wankhede Stadium. However, the major cricket activities are primarily confined to the Wankhede Stadium.

The stadium is owned by MCA and also houses headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).