German Parliament Delegation Visiting Green Sports Stadium in India


Members of German Parliament from the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development visited the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 5 December. The German Parliament delegation consisted of 7 members from different German political parties. They were joined by other officials from the German Embassy in New Delhi, German Consulate in Bengaluru, and GIZ, New Delhi. The delegation was headed by Mr. Volkmar Klein of the CDU political party. KSCA president Mr. Roger Binny, along with Mr. Santosh Menon, Secretary KSCA, and Mr. N. Parthasarathi, CEO KSCA, welcomed the delegation and explained how Chinnaswamy Stadium had become a model for other sports associations in the country due to the Green Wicket project. The delegation was briefed on the different initiatives taken to make Chinnaswamy Stadium the greenest cricket stadium in India.
Chinnaswamy Stadium, which is managed by Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), was one of the first stadiums that had signed up for the Green Wicket project. Under this project, KSCA received technical support from GIZ for “greening” the stadium for solar rooftop PV and other eco-measures, including wastewater treatment and recycling, biogas plant and rainwater harvesting. As a result, Chinnaswamy Stadium commissioned a 400 kWp solar rooftop PV plant in 2015 alongside other eco-measures.

The delegation appreciated the efforts of the KSCA management. The latter also shared their plans to expand the solar rooftop PV system to maximise rooftop space utilisation. Following the presentations, the delegation visited all green measure facilities developed by KSCA within the stadium, and Mr. Klein thanked KSCA President, Mr. Binny, for facilitating the visit.