Sardar Patel stadium inundated due to heavy rains

Ahmedabad: International cricket venue Sardar Patel stadium at Motera here was inundated with over six feet deep water logged in it following heavy rains in the last two days.

It is feared that water logging might cause severe damage to the recently refurbished ground, scheduled to host the first Test match between India and New Zealand from November 4-8 this year.

Motera received over 25 cm of rainfall in the last couple of days leading to the water logging in the stadium.

"The entire ground is filled with over six feet of water. There are seven heavy duty pumps removing water from the stadium," secretary of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), Rajesh Patel said.

"We don`t know when the water would be cleared. It is estimated that it would take one more day," he said.

Patel said the estimated loss could be anywhere between Rs 50-60 lakh. "However, the exact figure could be made only after the water is cleared," he added.

The stadium was refurbished early this year after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was elected as the GCA president. The makeover was also done before the third season of Indian Premier League (IPL) in February.


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