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Dadar Union cricket club to be rebuilt soon

mumbai Updated: Mar 30, 2011 02:08 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times
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The Dadar Union Sporting Club that has in the past been represented by cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sanjay Manjrekar will be rebuilt soon.

The club at Major Dadkar Maidan in Matunga had one of the most successful cricket teams in the 'A' division in the 1970s.

Realising the need to resurrect the club, Dilip Vengsarkar, who played the Kanga League for the club after joining it in the early 1970s, met additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta last week and discussed the issue.

Gupta visited the spot and said the club can be re-built with an additional floor, if there is a shortage of space.

Earlier, the club wanted the civic body to give them more space to expand horizontally. However, the plan was objected and a revised proposal was submitted.

"We had given the club a base space on the periphery of the ground of 500 sqft, which will not be increased. But they can expand vertically," said Gupta.

Gupta also added that the since the ground is listed as a playground, further construction on it will not be allowed.

"But there is no doubt that they need to rebuild the club because players need better facilities," said Gupta.

Another civic official, on condition of anonymity, said the base of the club is close to 800 sqft because the club extended the base.

However, the BMC has asked them to reduce it back to the original space allotted, the official added.

A proposal has been submitted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to rebuild the dilapidated structure into a taller concrete structure. Vengsarkar was not available for comment even after repeated attempts.

A member of the club said after the club's last win in 1988, it has not been doing too well for itself.

"Dadar Union is one of Mumbai's top cricket institutions, which has given some excellent players. It will be great if the club can be restored to its old glory and also have some good coaching facilities for upcoming cricketers," said one of the club's old members, on condition of anonymity.