Committee to submit report tomorrow on power failure in Eden

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Kolkata, Apr 23 (UNI) A five-member committee, appointed by the West Bengal government, will submit its report tomorrow on the sudden power failure and other irregularities in the Eden Gardens during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers on April 20.

The committee, headed by Sports Secretary A K Patnaik, would submit its report to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Sports Minister Subhash Chakraborty today said the committee, also looking into the reasons of inadequate supply of drinking water and non functioning of score board, had been asked to recommend remedial measures to be implemented before the next IPL match on April 29.

''We want that the tie is held on the scheduled day. But it could be deferred if all the recommendations are not implemented,'' Mr Chakraborty said.

The other members of the committee were the Additional Sports Secretary, an Additional Commissioner of Police and two technocrats of the PWD department.

Earlier, the Sports Minister had said the Eden incident of power disruption, that stopped the game for 31 minutes, had tarnished the image of the city to some extent.

Criticising the Cricket Association of Bengal(CAB), Mr Chakraborty said the lapses occurred due to the inexperience of CAB officials. The CAB also failed to coordinate with the state government which could have made the arrangements foolproof, he alleged.

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