PANAJI: In a significant move, Goa Cricket Association (GCA) president Suraj Lotlikar, who is a member of the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board managed to convert GCA property in Sanguem and Bicholim from orchard area to settlement area in the TCP board meeting held in the city on Friday.
“I managed to get the two lands converted from orchard to settlement zone and we will now be able to use the land available with us to better use,” said, Suraj Lotlikar.
The GCA has around 30,000 square meters of land in Sanguem and has been trying for the last eight years to convert the land from orchard to settlement zone in order to enhance the infrastructure facilities around the ground.
Apart from a cricket pitch and a makeshift dressing room, the GCA was unable to develop the land to fully utilise the area to promote the game in the south. “Now that I have managed to get the land converted, we will see to it that the infrastructure required will be completed without any hindrances,” disclosed Suraj.
The GCA had bought around 2.93 lakhs square meters in Bicholim for the construction of an international cricket stadium. However, the land could not be used for the purpose it was purchased, as the land did not meet the criteria set by BCCI for land required for an international stadium.
“The land in Bicholim can be partly used to build a cricket ground and the rest can be sold to raise finances for the association. The matter will be discussed during the next AGM as we require finances to build the international stadium in Dhargal,” added Suraj.
The GCA, it may be noted here, have been allocated land by the Government to build an international size cricket stadium in Dhargal.
“I thank TCP minister Vijai Sardesai for helping us get the land converted. The two properties can be used to develop cricket in many ways,” stated Suraj.