The standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Wednesday,sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the construction of the first-of-its-kind sports museum at the Sanas Sports ground near Swargate. The Sports Hostel Complex at the Sanas Ground is ready and will be inaugurated next month.
Incidentally,chairman of the standing committee,Baburao Chandere,had mentioned about building a sports museum and a sports art gallery in his last year’s budget.
According to Avinash Bagawe,chairman of the sports committee of the PMC,the museum will be constructed by demolishing the existing building at Sanas Sports ground. This three-storied building will have meeting halls and art galleries. The meeting halls will be used to conduct conferences and seminars, he said.
The Sports Art Gallery will feature a centre where achievements of various sports personnel from the city,who have been instrumental in contributing to their sport. In addition,there will also be a conference hall with AV facilities where sports organisations from the city can conduct presentations. This facility will be helpful for sporting organisations to promote their sport, he said,adding the sports committee has several other projects to popularise sports in the city. This includes building a sports hostel complex at the Sanas Ground and the constructions of the sports medicine centre.
Bagve says the facility will be available as and when the PMC hosts tournaments. The Sports Art Gallery will feature a centre to showcase achievements of various sports persons from the city,who have been instrumental in contributing to their sport. In addition,there will also be a conference hall with AV facilities where various sports organisations from the city can come and hold presentations for the general public,” he said.
The Sports Medicine Centre,will be modelled along the lines of the Army Sports Institute (ASI). Bagve says that panel members had visited facilities of ASI and were impressed and considered creating the same in the city for civilians. There are only two such institutes in India. One here and the other in Patiala. But the Army facility is not open for civilians. We want to create the same for civilians, he added.