In a bid to provide “international sports training”, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is planning to set up a ‘world-class’ sports academy for children in the Palika multipurpose gymnasium in Laxmi Bai Nagar. The civic body has invited private bidders for the project.
According to NDMC officials, the sports academy will offer training in sports such as tennis, badminton and volleyball as well as yoga and squash. It is also working out modalities for constructing a swimming pool on the premises. “Currently, the complex is not being used extensively. It will be revamped into a fully-functional sports academy with two badminton, lawn tennis and basketball courts,” a senior NDMC official said.
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According to the civic body’s plan, a state-of-the-art gymnasium will replace the existing one. “The academy will employ coaches full-time who will provide training which will be at par with international standards,” the official said.
The project will be carried out on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis. “We will charge a minimum amount of Rs 8 lakh on a quarterly basis from the company. As far as infrastructure development on the premises is concerned, no major addition to the existing structure is required. The private company can add a pantry or cafeteria to the premises as an attraction. The project will be given for a period of 15 years,” the official said, adding that the deadline for submitting proposals is May 19.
In addition to these measures, the NDMC plans to offer free self-defence training programmes for girl students of schools in its area.