PIL challenges IPL matches at Mullanpur Stadium over environmental concerns


Concerns over violations of environmental laws during the construction of the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur have given rise to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The petition draws attention to the fact that the stadium’s development did not comply with all environmental regulations, especially in light of the stadium’s close proximity to a bird sanctuary. As a result, the PIL demands that games played at the stadium be stopped.

The Mullanpur stadium, designated as the new home ground for IPL franchise Punjab Kings, has hosted previous games. However, if the court grants the petition, it could mean the end of IPL matches at the venue for the foreseeable future.

Per Supreme Court orders, National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) environmental clearances are required before beginning any development within a 10-kilometer radius of a bird sanctuary. Allegations have been made that these crucial approvals were not acquired from the Chandigarh Department of Forest and Wildlife when the stadium was being built.

Should the Supreme Court decide to impose a restraint on the stadium, it would be a significant setback for Punjab Kings, potentially resulting in the cancellation of all further matches slated to take place at the venue during IPL 2024.