Supertech Limited has organised an inter-society cricket tournament in a bid to improve relations with those living in its 11 properties across Noida and Greater Noida.
All the matches of the tournament — named T20 Cricket League — will be played at Supertech Sports Village in Greater Noida. It will begin on November 6, with matches scheduled for Sundays. The 11 participating Supertech properties are Capetown, Emerald Court, Eco Citi, Czar, Livingston, Eco Village 1, Eco Village 2, Eco Village 3, Icon, Estate and 34 Pavilion.
Each society is allowed a 15-member team, with the only criterion being that all participants are residents of a Supertech property.
But what do residents think of the initiative?
UBS Teotia, RWA president of Supertech Emerald in Sector 93, said, "This tournament will provide us an opportunity to discuss issues with the builder. However, we are yet to decide whether we want to be part of it."
Supertech Capetown in Sector 74, Noida, has already boycotted the tournament. "All of us are living in deplorable conditions here," said Shyam Shankar, a resident of the society. He suspects the tournament is a publicity gimmick by the builder. "We are not going to support the builder by participating in the tournament."
When City Spidey contacted Rajesh Kumar, senior manager of Supertech Ltd, he said this was the first time that a builder was organising a cricket league for its residents. "We will be providing cricket kits and jerseys to the players," he said. "We will also arrange for their transportation." He, however, refused to comment on Supertech Capetown's decision to opt out of the tournament.
With several of Supertech's societies facing similar problems as Capetown, it will be interesting to see how many societies actually end up taking part in the tournament.