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    Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya today rubbished a police report accusing the CAB of negligence for blackout midway during India and Sri Lanka fourth ODI on December 24 at Eden Gardens here.

    A seven-member Enquiry Committee (having 2 policemen, 2 CAB, 2 CESC and one PWD representatives), under chairmanship of Special Additional Commissioner Debashis Roy, was set up on December 24 to probe why the power was cut off during the Sri Lankan innings with four balls to spare.

    For the blackout the play was stopped for about 26 minutes.

    ''Although it is very unfortunate, but actually nobody knows where the problem lies and how the power went off and we cannot say anything until the enquiry committee report is made public,'' Mr Dalmiya told a newsconference.

    The CAB, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) and Public Works Department (PWD) have been said to be responsible for this incident in which tower no four (High courted witnesses power cut.

    Mr Dalmiya said since this was not a one-man committee, the final report could not come unless all the members meet, deliberate and arrive at a decision.

    ''We will have to wait till the final report is given, but many conflicting news items are surfacing, and according to us that needs clarification,'' he added.

    The CAB was pondering to have its own generating system to power its four towers to light the stadium and put the CESC as back system, Dalmiya said, adding this was subject to enquiry report.

    He said three actions would be taken by the CAB --to purchase or hire generators of full-capacity to operate the floodlight towers, the services of CESC, on whom CAB had been depending so far, would be used as a back-up and the CAB would continue to use generators of 1.5 MW capacity for the lighting of other areas.

    Mr Dalmiya said the power-cut at Eden was not an isolated one as this happened in various stadia in the country and other parts of the world.

    It is of paramount importance for sake of Cricket fraternity of Bengal that all stakeholders should work hand in hand to ensrue successful organsiation of all the forthcoming matches at the Eden Gardens and prevent any untoward incident,'' the CAB president added.



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