Mohun Bagan, activist in tussle over NGT verdict

Kolkata, Jan 9 (IANS) Mohun Bagan on Monday claimed to have appealed to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Eastern Zone against an appeal that has stopped Kolkata football giants from hosting its I-League home matches at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium.

Bagan, who were supposed to play their first game against Churchill Brothers at the stadium, were not permitted to do so by the NGT after a petition filed by environmental activist Subhash Dutta.

Dutta, in his petition, said matches held under floodlights could cause disturbance to the nearby “eco-sensitive zone” which is protected under the National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems.

“We have appealed to the NGT and our appeal has been accepted. We are trying to push our case,” a Bagan official told IANS.

Mohun Bagan were forced to play their I-League opening match at the Barasat Stadium on Sunday, where they won 1-0 against Churchill Brothers.

Fierce rivals East Bengal are also playing their home matches at the same venue.

The Salt Lake Stadium, both clubs’ original venue, is undergoing renovation for the U-17 World Cup set to be hosted by India in October this year.

When asked about the legitimacy of Bagan’s appeal, Dutta told IANS, “There is no provision of appealing. They will have to move the Supreme Court in that case.”

Mohun Bagan’s next home game is on Friday against Shillong Lajong FC.

–IANS

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