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City to get first district sports complex

india Updated: May 26, 2009 02:21 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

If all goes well, the city will get its first district sports complex near Marol at Andheri.

The public sports utility, which will come up over an area of 27,039 sq m — that’s approximately the size of 28 Oval maidans — will be built at Rs 8 crore.

The plan entails for a 400 m running track, a shooting range, a football or hockey stadium with a 5,000-strong sitting capacity.

An eight-lane swimming pool, volleyball, lawn tennis and basketball courts and separate 30-bed hostels for girls and boys are also on the cards.

A government resolution passed on May 15 has declared the sports complex a ‘vital public project’ under the Maharashtra Sports Infrastructure Development Plan.

The development plan, chalked out by the state in 2003, plans for a public sports complex in every district, taluka and a divisional public sports complex in the state.

Mumbai is entitled to have two district sports complexes — one in the city and one in the suburbs — but none have materialised till now.

“We managed to get a complex in every district of the state other than Mumbai. We could not do so in Mumbai due to the lack of space. All the reserved areas were either encroached or under litigation,” said a senior government official from the state Sports Department, requesting anonymity.

The land for the complex — part of it lies in Kondivita and the rest falls in Marol — was identified in 2003, and got a sanction from the Department of Revenue and Forests in 2006 for 11,000 sq m of land.

However, the land was encroached and the project did not take off. Also, the sports department realised that the area sanctioned was not enough to provide all facilities.

“By declaring the project as vital, we will be able to remove the encroachments, and even rehabilitate the affected within the budget. We have asked for more land from the suburban collector to accommodate all facilities,” the official said.

The facility would be open to the public at nominal costs, like Rs 30 per month for using the walking track, he added.