DDCA’s pet projects yet to take off

Seven months after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) had announced its plans to set up five cricket academies in the Capital,there are no signs of construction at the proposed venues.

Written by Vinayak Padmadeo | New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2009 11:38 pm

Seven months after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) had announced its plans to set up five cricket academies in the Capital,there are no signs of construction at the proposed venues.

And if the ambitious project hasn’t taken off as yet,it’s former players-turned-private academy owners who are to be blamed,suggests DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev.

“A few of the former players,who are already running academies at the proposed venues,had approached Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna,saying the move will hurt them financially. We’d then approached the Delhi Development Authority (DDA),which controls those places,to sort the matter out,but we were told that getting new venues was not possible. So we have to speak to the Lt Governor and then take it from there,” Dev told Sportline on Wednesday.

The places where the academies were to come up are: The Dwarka DDA Sports Complex,Yamuna Sports Complex,Siri Fort Complex,Rashtriya Sports Khel Parishad,Pitampura. The association hopes that the matter will be resolved soon.

“We are very serious about going ahead with these academies. It’s just that the circumstances are beyond our control. And when ready,the DDCA will subsidise the expenses for students who join the academies,” he added.

Meanwhile,regarding the other plan — of setting up the main academy at the Ferozeshah Kotla — the decks have been cleared to construct a world-class gymnasium and indoor pitches. Though the mapping of the new site is yet to be done,the DDCA is confident that the new facility will be ready by the end of this year.

As per the plan,the new facility will have two indoor wickets — a turner and a fast track — and a 24-room boarding premises for the players to use. Besides,the DDCA also has plans to come up with five more practice wickets,in addition to the existing three. “The new facility will have a gymnasium and 24 rooms for players’ boarding. We have already instructed the curators to make five additional practice wickets.” Dev said. The estimated cost of the new facility is between Rs 12 to 15 crores.

“We had announced the plan last year but due to delays in the stadium construction it could not be taken up. But with the plan ready I am very much sure that the construction work on this plan will start very soon,” added association general secretary Sneh Bansal.

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