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Uttarakhand yet to figure out place for National Games village

With barely a year left for preparations of the 38th National Games, the Uttarakhand government is yet to figure out the issue of setting up of a sports village for participants

dehradun Updated: Jul 12, 2017 20:22 IST
Neha Pant
Flats built by MDDA in Dehradun. The state government considers taking over private and government-made flats for national games sports village.
Flats built by MDDA in Dehradun. The state government considers taking over private and government-made flats for national games sports village. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT )

With barely a year left for preparations of the 38th National Games, the Uttarakhand government is yet to figure out the issue of setting up of a sports village for participants.

In 2015, the then Congress-led government had considered the development of a sports village near Dehradun’s trenching ground on Sahastradhara Road. The idea was to first shift the trenching ground to Shishambara on the city’s outskirts and undertake scientific closure of the land but the plan didn’t materialise.

Sports minister Arvind Pandey said instead of setting up a separate sports village, the government is considering roping in unused flats of private builders and government buildings for the project. “We are thinking of roping in private builders and taking over their properties for the time period (of the National Games). We have asked officials to look for hiring building projects for the purpose,” Pandey told Hindustan Times.

“We will either ask them (builders) to give us the houses under corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity or else we will pay rent.”

Efforts are being made to make use of group housing projects developed by government agencies such as Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA), he said. “For instance, in Pantnagar (near Haldwani), the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology has huge infrastructure and over 20 hostels which we will try to make use of.”

The 38th National Games will primarily be hosted in Garhwal region’s Dehradun and Haldwani in Kumaon region. Athletes will be vying for top honours in 32 events during the sports event.

The government’s move hasn’t gone down well with the sports fraternity. “Instead of making a detailed plan, it (government) is coming up with arbitrary ideas without any long-term vision...this may hamper Uttarakhand’s image at the national level as in the absence of a unified sports village, making coordinated arrangements for such a large number of sportspersons in different buildings will become very difficult,” a retired bureaucrat told Hindustan Times.