By Vishant Vaze | NT
SANKHALI: The proposed international cricket stadium at Van-Maulingem in Bicholim is expected to provide a big boost to the sports infrastructure in the state.The stadium, which will be built with the assistance from BCCI and the state government at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore, will have 40,000 seating capacity.
While the remaining two lakh square metre area will be utilised for other amenities such as sports city, a full-fledged mall, residential complex, multiplex theatre, indoor and outdoor games, which will add glory to the all-round development of Bicholim. It is learnt that proper approach roads to the stadium will also be built in order to avoid traffic congestion.
Social worker and cancer surgeon Dr Shekhar Salkar who is also the president of the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) while speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ said that the cricket stadium is a dream project of the GCA and that the project will add to the state’s glory.
The mega project will benefit the local population as there will be scope for more employment opportunities. Tourism will also get a boost with the mega project.
Dr Salkar said, “Besides cricket, we want to encourage other sports such as kabbadi, khoko, langdi, volleyball, badminton, tennis. The modern infrastructure will be made available in the second phase. Sportspersons will be given maximum opportunity in the state to prove their talent.”
First phase: Cricket stadium
In the first phase the construction of the proposed cricket stadium will be undertaken on the land admeasuring 1.30 lakh square metres. The foundation for the cricket stadium will be laid in the next three months and the stadium will be completed within 2 years from the date of commencement of its works.
In the first phase, Rs 250 crore will be spent. The stadium will have a capacity for 40,000 spectators. The stadium will also have a parking space for 5,000 two-wheelers and 3,000 four-wheelers respectively.
There will be provisions for modern restaurants, hotels, dormitories, and practice grounds. The first phase will cover an area of 1.30 lakh square meters.
The president of the GCA Dr Salkar said, “The project will be taken up as per international standards.”
Second phase: Sports city
After the completion of the proposed cricket stadium, the second phase will be taken up which will include the construction of sports city. Facilities such as swimming pool, garden, joggers track, gym, besides restaurants, hotel, dormitories, green carpet facility, theatre, a five star hotel, auditorium and other modern facilities will be a part of the mega project.
According to sources all roads will connect to this mega project. The project will comprise of four lanes. The road from proposed Mopa airport will be interlinked to Vazzari, Pedne, Maulinguem which will help in smooth movement of traffic.
The proposed Mopa airport road will have direct connectivity to the stadium. It is learnt that road widening works will be undertaken from Panaji to Valpoi.
According to sources, a proposal has been submitted to the central and state governments to take appropriate steps towards the construction of wide roads to avoid traffic congestion.
According to Dr Salkar the mega project will be eco friendly and maximum care will be taken to protect trees in the area. Dr Salkar said that more local trees will be planted to make the area appear green. Dr Salkar also said that rain water harvesting will be undertaken for the project.
Focus on Goa’s identity
Goa being an international tourist destination, its identity and unique culture will be preserved while constructing the project.
The project will also comprise Goa’s art and creativity. According to sources the stadium will give a feeling of Goan ambience to spectators.
The source said that the stadium will be an attraction for domestic / international tourists including nature lovers. The project will be innovative and creative. The art and crafts of Goa will be presented through a unified artistic amalgamation.
The GCA has acquired 2.93 lakh square meters of land at Van-Maulingem and it will lay the foundation stone of the proposed International Cricket Stadium on May 15.
Dr Shekhar Salkar along with his GCA team, Chetan Desai, Vilas Desai, Amaresh Naik, Sanjay Kanekar, Manohar Naik, Desh Kinalkar, Sudin Kamat, Dattaram Shetgaonkar, Atul Naik, Prabhajit Sandhu, Akbar Mulla, Sudesh Prabhudesai, Vallabh Salkar, Vijay Sawant and Rupesh Thanekar recently visited the site to finalise the project.
Dr Salkar said that if required necessary changes will be done for the mega project based on the suggestions provided by experts.
Dr Salkar said that due care will be taken to preserve the environment. He also said that a special bypass road connecting the proposed Mopa airport and another bypass road from Assanora will be built to avoid traffic congestion. Dr Salkar said that Bicholim will be developed considerably when the project is completed.