Taking serious note of pending security dues to the tune of Rs 2.36 crore, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said that Himachal Pradesh Cricket association (HPCA) will only get security for IPL matches scheduled in May after the clearance of previous dues.
The Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh, who was on a two day visit to Dharamshala, said that the state government will charge for the security if it would be provided for any commercial event and HPCA will be provided security only after they clear previous dues. “It is become a norm in India and not only in Himachal that security is not provided free of cost for any commercial event and government will charge fee for police security during IPL matches as these are the commercial event,” Singh said.
Singh further stated that it is the government’s right to charge for security for any commercial event that will held in Dharamshala’s cricket stadium. However, sources that onus for paying security and other bills lies with by the franchisee, which Kings XI, Punjab.
The HPCA.s secretary, Vishal Marvaha said that they will comment on the issue after viewing the legal options. “The Cricket matches has boosted the tourism in the area and has brought the Dharamshala on the world map, this thing should not be forgotten,” he said.
First cricket match at the Dharamshala Stadium, which is now famous due to scenic beauty of Dhauladhar hills’ snow capped peaks, was played between Pakistan cricket team and India Board President’s IX in 2005.