Dhargal gets the nod for International cricket stadium
The Goa Cricket Association can finally build their own cricket stadium for hosting international fixtures, thanks to the Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar’s decision to allot the state association a sizeable chunk of land in Dhargal.
As per GCA president, Mr Vinod Phadke, the chief minister has decided to provide 1.5 lakh sq-mt land at Dhargal, an area which was marked for Sports City by the erstwhile government. The land in all probability will be leased out to GCA.
Mr Phadke thanked Mr Parrikar on behalf of the entire GCA and the cricket lovers at large in the state on his decision to make land provision for building GCA-owned cricket stadium. “It is definitely a moment for GCA to rejoice and a step in the right direction,” Mr Phadke told The Navhind Times on Monday.
The previous GCA regime had projected an estimate of Rs 250 crore for the mega stadium project but Mr Phadke said that the stadium could be constructed at a much lesser budget.
“The GCA is targeting 2015 as the year to get the new stadium ready,” Mr Phadke added while reacting to the provision made for cricket in the 2013-14 budget announced by Mr Parrikar.
This is in fact is a very good news for GCA and Goan sports in general as Mr Parrikar has kept his promise of raising various sports infrastructure of international standard as mooted in his policy for sports. With an international stadium for football at Nehru stadium already undergoing top class renovation, the news of provision of land for GCA stadium at Dhargal in the North is definitely a welcome sign.
With the forthcoming Lusofonia Games in November already compelling the state government to raise new infrastructure and refurbish the existing ones, Mr Parrikar has endorsed the fact that he means business and wants Goa to be on the world map as far as sports is concerned.
There is no doubt that without world class infrastructure in place, Goan sports will not be able to make a headway into the future and keep pace with the fierce competition that the world has on offer in the modern era, where winning at all cost is the only motto. [NT]