New infrastructure boost for sports


 A hike of Rs 57 crore was allocated for Sports and Youth Affairs with Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar earmarking Rs 200 crore for it in the 2013-14 budget presented in the State Legislative Assembly.
Expectedly, this year’s budget has seen a sharp increase in the outlay as the government has pumped in funds for development of infrastructure for the forthcoming Lusofonia Games. In his Budget presented on Monday, Mr Parrikar allocated Rs 168 crore as plan outlay while Rs 32 crore was set aside for non-plan. Last year, a total of Rs 143 crore with Rs 110 crore as plan outlay and Rs 32 crore was the non-plan outlay.
“Preparations for the Lusofonia Games, which will be held in November this year, are in full swing. Sports infrastructure of over Rs 200 crore is being built at five different venues and it will be ready by the end of September to host the Games,” Mr Parrikar said in his Budget speech.
The Chief Minister also spoke of the plans of the government to develop football.
“Goa Football Development Council has been formed to implement the government’s plans for sustained grassroots development of football. I have also unveiled the state football policy for the year 2013-14,” Mr Parrikar said.
Goa will host the 36th National Games in 2014. The Chief Minister said that his government will make provisions for development of more infrastructure for the event.
“Goa will have the honour of hosting the National Games in 2014. The infrastructure built for Lusofonia Games will be used to host the Games. However, if required, more funds will be allocated to develop more infrastructure for the event,” Mr Parrikar said.
Mr Parrikar disclosed that a cycling velodrome, skating ring, indoor and outdoor lawn tennis court will be built. He also said that funds have been earmarked to upgrade the indoor swimming pool and the sports complex at Campal in the city.
Meanwhile, the government has allocated Rs 40 crore for procuring equipment and providing training to sportspersons. [NT]