LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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St Estevam Roads Need Attention

Village panchayats across Goa have been directed to utilise all the funds, which have been sanctioned by the 14th Finance Commission for the development of their respective villages. The deadline given is March 31, otherwise the funds will be returned back to the government. I would like to bring to the attention of the Panchayats Minister that all the internal roads in the village of St Estevam are in a pathetic condition, creating a lot of inconvenience to the commuters. First of all, the roads are narrow and have a lot of potholes and gravel that can cause damage to the vehicles using these roads. Some of the internal roads have remained neglected for the last ten years. It would be in the fitness of things if the grants allocated to this village are completely utilised atleast for hot-mixing of the roads and not the patchwork that is usually done just before the onset of monsoon. I urge the Panchayats Minister to personally look into this matter.

VENAN BONAVENTURE DIAS, ST ESTEVAM

On World’s Largest Cricket Stadium

The Sardar Patel Stadium located in Ahmedabad, commonly known as Motera Stadium, will be formally inaugurated on February 24 by President Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The stadium belongs to the Gujarat Cricket Association and its structure was built in 1983. It was completely renovated in 2020. Outclassing the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in terms of crowd capacity, the new-look Sardar Patel Stadium has a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh. It is also the only stadium in the world with four dressing rooms for the players. The stadium has two practice grounds with nine pitches and another 11 on the central square. The stadium will host the third day-night Test match between India and England to be held from February 24 to 28. The stadium is equipped with new decorations and modern facilities. It may be recalled that the Motera Stadium hosted the grand ‘Namaste Trump’ event when ex-president of the US Donald Trump visited India along with his family. An attendance of over one lakh was reported for the event. The iconic Sardar Patel Stadium was closed for reconstruction in 2015. Six years later, the Motera is all set to hold its first international match, which is touted to be the series decider between the two ICC World Test Championship frontrunners. The stadium boasts of the newly installed LED floodlights, which will help players spot the aerial balls in India’s third pink-ball Test match in the international arena. Indeed a proud moment for all Indians.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO