The Himachal government has decided to set up the states first sports school in Hamirpur district, which is likely to come up at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crores - a move which is seen by many as an appeasement policy by the Congress-led government motivated by vote-bank policy in the face of upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Confirming the development, Prof PC Patyal, principal of a local Government Post Graduate College, on Thursday said that he had received a letter from the state education department asking him to select a piece of land measuring around 120 kanals in any part of the district for the project.
Patyal said he already had visited Khiah village, where adequate land was available with a local school, which could be utilised for the project.
He said that he had urged the Hamirpur deputy commissioner to ask the revenue authorities to measure the land at Khiah village so that a detailed report could be sent to the department for the sports school project.
The proposed school is likely to accommodate around one thousand students for training in athletics, badminton, hockey, football and volleyball. It is learnt that around one dozen grounds for different games would be constructed at the venue so that the budding up talents after their training could bring laurels to the state at the national and international level.
Meanwhile, Bhupinder Singh Thakur, chief coach of the HP Athletic Association, has sought the detailed project report of the proposed school so that the final clearance could be obtained from both the central and the state governments.
He said once the school was set up, it would be another milestone for the people of state in field of games.