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Ghaziabad to get an international cricket stadium by 2019

The stadium, with a seating capacity for nearly 45, 000, is proposed at Morti near Raj Nagar Extension over an area of nearly 35 acres

noida Updated: May 20, 2017 23:01 IST
Hindustan Times
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The GDA had already acquired land for the stadium and the construction will start within next three months.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad city will be proud to have a new world-class international cricket stadium, with a seating capacity for nearly 45, 000, by 2019. The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) officials said that the officials of UP Cricket Association (UPCA) have forwarded the proposal for getting the floor area ratio (FAR) to commence the project.

The stadium is proposed at Morti near Raj Nagar Extension over an area of nearly 35 acres. The land was purchased by the authority for Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The officials of UPCA, the body which will develop the stadium, said that the construction will start within next three months after the FAR proposal is cleared.

“We have expedited the FAR proposal for development and the proposal is sent to the state administration for further clearance. The land was purchased at a cost of nearly Rs 60 crore on behalf of BCCI. The hurdles have been cleared and land handed over,” said DP Singh, officer on special duty, GDA.

According to officials, the stadium in Ghaziabad will be the first owned by UPCA and will be developed to hold tests, one day matches and Indian Premier League Cricket matches.

“It is expected that the stadium will be ready by 2019. The proposed stadium will have a capacity of parking of nearly 2,500 cars and the stadium will also have a sports academy. Once the FAR proposal gets cleared, the construction activity will start in full swing,” said Rakesh Mishra, convener of the stadium from Ghaziabad Cricket Association.

The stadium will involve a cost of nearly Rs 350 crore on construction and will also be accessible directly through the Hindon elevated road which is under construction and connecting UP-Gate (Delhi-Ghaziabad border) to Raj Nagar Extension (RNE). RNE is a major housing hub which is being developed by private developers and is close to erstwhile NH-58.

The new stadium is expected to be beneficial for sportspersons from neighbouring districts of Gautam Budh Nagar, Meerut and Ghaziabad. Apart from several small stadiums like the ones at Nehru Nagar, Mahamaya and Shastri Nagar, the Ghaziabad city lacks sporting facilities which could not be developed due to issues of land availability.

First Published: May 20, 2017 23:00 IST