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first_imgBesides the issue of reforms, the BCCI was also pushed on Besides the issue of reforms, the BCCI was also pushed on the backfoot when a slew of PILs led to shifting of matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra. Thakur announced a series of measures including allocation of Rs 100 Cr for rain-water harvesting in stadiums. The reforms set to be undertaken by the board in sync with SC-appointed committee. “Keeping in mind the environmental conditions, BCCI plans to undertake a Green Initiative. We plan to have Solar Panels for rain-water harvesting and treatment of sewage water in the newly built stadiums. We have set the deadline for one year and Rs 100 crore has been allocated for this purpose,” Thakur told reporters. The idea was discussed after BCCI were forced to move 12 IPL matches from drought-hit Maharashtra when NGOs filed PILs on lakhs of litres of water being wasted for maintenance of the grounds in general. Thakur also announced that an amount of Rs 5 crore corpus has been created for the next year to help the visually challenged as well deaf and dumb cricketers. This is in line with one of the Lodha Panel recommendations of BCCIs duty towards integrating the physically challenged cricketers into their system. Thakur said: “A minimum of 10 percent seats will be allocated for specially-abled persons, school students and girls. We have told the state associations to have proper numbering of their seats to make it more spectator friendly. There will be seats earmarked for the physically challenged persons also.” After the appointment of Rahul Johri as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thakur today announced the former TataSons Vice-president Santosh Rangnekar as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The new Board chief also said that state associations have been told to be more active on social networking sites like Facebook, twitter and also have websites with updated information to engage with the fans. The Central Contract System for women cricketers was another step in right direction, felt Thakur and he has sought a comprehensive report on the implementation part within a month. Thakur also spoke about having a “Coaching App”. “There are thousands of cricket academies across length and breadth of India which do not have access to state of the art coaching facilities. We are speaking to our Information Technology team if we can develop a Coaching App. Now 70 percent are smart phone users and they can download the App,” said Thakur. PTI SSR KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more