Monday , 15 January 2018
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Utorda panchayat hopeful of taking over football ground from SAG

MARGAO: The Majorda-Utorda-Calata panchayat is hopeful of shortly taking over the Utorda football ground from the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) and it benefiting the local children.

The stadium that was built at a cost of Rs 3 crore was one of the practice sites for the Under-17 FIFA World Cup players for the international tournament held in the country last year. It is an international standard stadium and contains a well-maintained football field as well as a gymnasium.

Last month, the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, as chief guest at a game held at the stadium, had assured the locals and panchayat members that the ground would be handed over to the village.

This came after a resolution taken by the Majorda-Utorda-Calata panchayat to have it returned back to the village. Speaking about the decision, the sarpanch Agnelo Pereira said that it will largely benefit the locals.

“It is but natural that we at the panchayat would want to take over the stadium as it will definitely benefit us. It will be a sense of pride for the village in fact and more importantly for the children in the area,” said Pereira.

The stadium is considered to be the best only after the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. Currently the Utorda stadium is run by SAG but if reverted back to the panchayat, it will be run by the local football club United Club of Utorda, who had built the gymnasium housed in the stadium.

Pereira said that after the Chief Minister’s visit, officials from the directorate of Sports had sent their report on the reverting back the stadium to the panchayat and it has been sent to the minister. The panchayat is now awaiting the final approval from the minister’s office that is expected in a week’s time.

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