In an attempt aimed at putting the Amritsar on international cricket map,its civic body now plans to construct a cricket stadium in the holy city.
The design of the stadium with a seating capacity of 25,000,planned on the sports complex land located in C and E Block of Ranjit Avenue,is almost complete and estimates are being worked out. The proposal would be sent to local bodies department for procedural approval in about a fortnights time,The Indian Express has learnt.
Strategically,the location is perfect for an international level cricket ground. We have 16.5 acres of land,which was proposed to be developed as sports complex housing grounds for different games like hockey, basketball,athletics and others when its foundation stone was laid by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal in November 2011. But,since there are already dedicated grounds in the city for different disciplines,we have decided to construct a cricket stadium here. We also have a lot of parking space in adjoining blocks in Ranjit Avenue and that is an added advantage, Amritsar Improvement Trust Chairman,Sandeep Rishi,told The Indian Express .
To buttress his point Rishi cited air connectivity and world class hotels in city. Once the stadium is complete,we will approach Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and offer the stadium for international matches, Rishi said,adding that the Trust also plans to have an indoor stadium with a capacity of 5,000 for different games,an indoor swimming pool and a shopping mall.
We would send the proposal for clearance after the estimates are cleared in about 15 days. After that we will float the tenders for work, he said,adding,The tentative cost of the project is likely to be between Rs 45 crore to Rs. 50 crore.
Amritsar already has a cricket stadium - Gandhi Sports Cricket Ground,also known as Amritsar Games Association (AGA) Club ground - where cricket matches are played.
However,last time an international cricket match was played here was in 1995 when New Zealand toured India. Since then there has been no international match,though Ranji Trophy matches have been hosted at the stadium.