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Cricket stadium to come up at Siddhartha Medical College

J.R. Shridharan

The last big match held here was between India and the West Indies in 2003


  • ACA on the verge of finalising an MoU with the medical college authorities
  • Moves afoot to construct dressing rooms as per the specifications of the BCCI
  • An exclusive cricket stadium to come up at Mangalagiri too



    TIME FOR CRICKET: The Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium in Vijayawada. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

    Vijayawada: There is a piece of good news for cricket lovers of the city. Two stadia - one at the Siddhartha Medical College and another at Mangalagiri - will come up in less than two years, exclusively for cricket.

    In fact, cricket activity in Vijayawada has come to a screeching halt. Once considered the hub of activities in the coastal region, the city hardly hosts any major events in the domestic calendar. The last big match held was the official One-Day International between India and the West Indies in 2003 and the only other first class match held was a Ranji fixture between Andhra and Railways a couple of years ago.

    Hurdles

    Quite obviously, the local cricket buffs are fuming. The big hurdle faced by Andhra Cricket Association in allotting first class fixtures to Krishna District Cricket Association is the venue, as the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium is meant for multi-purpose sports. More often, the other associations are compelled to disturb the green top, nurtured by cricket association, when events for games and sports, other than cricket are held.

    According to ACA secretary N. Venkata Rao, "Venue is a problem. We spend good amount of money sprucing up the wicket, but frequently the green outfield is disturbed. To put an end to the venue problem, we are making efforts to build a cricket stadium at Siddhartha Medical College and henceforth all the domestic matches would be held there."

    ACA and KDCA are on the verge of finalising a MoU with the medical college authorities and have promised to spend around Rs 2 lakh for the maintenance of the stadium.

    The cricket administrators are also planning to construct dressing rooms as per the specifications of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

    "Hopefully, the national events would be held from the next season in the city," feels Koka Ramesh, joint secretary of KDCA. Much to the anguish of the cricket aficionados, all the Ranji fixtures for 2005-2006, featuring Andhra are shifted to Anantapur and Visakhapatnam.

    Three years

    The State Government also asked the ACA to complete the construction of the Mangalagiri Stadium within next three years. Both ACA and Urban Development Authority are not able to thrash out a solution to a problem on who should commence the works on the site allotted by the government.

    The Municipal Administration and Urban Development department through a GO stalled the recommendation of the UDA and asked ACA to build the stadium within three years.

    "It is getting delayed due to the ongoing works at the stadium at Visakhapatnam. Now that the stadium is nearing completion, we will take up the Mangalagiri project soon," said Mr. Venkata Rao.

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