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International sports village location to be finalised soon

Special Correspondent


Chickaballapur suitable for stadium as it is the town of the future: Gulihatti Shekar

2,500 acres of land is needed for the

sports village


CHICKABALLAPUR: Minister for Textiles, Youth Services and Sports Gulihatti D. Shekar on Wednesday said that land for the proposed international sports village near Chickaballapur would be finalised after discussing the project at the Cabinet meeting.

The Minister said that around 2,500 acres of land was required for the sports village, which would be the first of its kind in Asia. The plan is to have facilities for at least 50 events at the sports village.

“I will talk to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and ensure that the matter is brought before the Cabinet at the earliest,” Mr. Shekar told presspersons after laying the foundation stone for a modern swimming pool costing Rs. 1.5 crore at Sir M. Visvesvaraya District Stadium here.

A year ago, the Minister and the Commissioner for Youth Services and Sports had inspected four sites in the vicinity of Chickaballapur for the proposed project. Mr. Shekar said the State Government had planned to create the sports village near Chickaballapur because of its geographical proximity to Bangalore and the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA).

Development

The Government would accord priority to the all-round development of Chickaballapur as it was all set to emerge as the town of the future in the next few years, the Minister said.

Responding to a proposal made by the Chickaballapur Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha, Mr. Shekar said the Government would take steps to develop Sir M. Visvesvaraya District Stadium, at a cost of Rs. 10 crore, by constructing an indoor stadium, a pavilion and an 800-metre track and a sports hostel, among other facilities. The work on the taluk stadium at Gauribidanur in the district, which was coming at a cost of Rs. 53 lakh, was nearing completion, he said. An additional Rs. 22 lakh would be sanctioned for the taluk stadium at Bagepalli that was being built at a cost of Rs. 33 lakh, he said.

Stadiums in taluks

Bagepalli MLA N. Sampangi, a former Chairman of Sports Authority of Karnataka, said the Centre had earmarked Rs. 3,500 crore in the budget for youth services and sports and, he suggested to the Minister to utilise these funds for developing stadiums in all the taluks in the State.

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