To encourage sports culture in the city,the Pune Municipal Corporations sports committee,in its first-ever tenure,has decided to review basic sports infrastructure in the city. To start with,the committee will assess the condition of civic playgrounds across the city.
The city has a large population of youngsters and we are trying to encourage them to take up sports. We are looking to address the sports-related issues in the city, said Avinash Bagawe,chairperson of sports committee.
He said the civic body has been developing infrastructure for sports but the results have not been encouraging. We have decided to start from the basics and first assess the condition of sports facilities set up by the civic body. Two teams have been constituted for the purpose. The teams will visit each sports facility and check the current state of infrastructure, said Bagawe.
He said a provision of Rs 35 crore has been made in the civic budget for improving infrastructure. The funds will be utilised for maintenance of existing sports infrastructure and also for adding new infrastructure,he added.
The PMC has Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Swargate,Sanas Ground near Sarasbaug,a stadium in Bhavani Peth, a hockey stadium in Chikhalwadi,a boxing ring at Bhavani Peth besides swimming pools,gyms and badminton courts across the city.
Newly-elected MNS corporator Anil Rane,who is also a member of the committee,urged the civic body to give priority to local sports of the country. I have proposed to the PMC to host an international kabbadi contest, he said. Rane said organising an international competition would boost the image of the city that recently hosted the Commonwealth Youth Games. Due to lack of encouragement,the youth has been hesitant to take up sports as a career, he added.
The committee decided that all sports-related proposals will be processed through them,said Rane.