Karwar to get cricket stadium; KSCA plans to hold cricket matches in new stadium by April

Source: DHNS | Published on 4th July 2019, 1:14 PM | Coastal News | Sports News |

Karwar: The discord between the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and the government over the construction of a cricket stadium at Savarpai in Chittakula gram panchayat limits in Karwar taluk has ultimately been resolved. Soon, the Association and the district administration will enter into an agreement and the land will be handed over to the KSCA.

As per Revenue Department, the stadium will be constructed on 11 acre, 34 gunta Gomal land located on the hilly area of the village. Therefore, the land has been excluded from the Gomal title. Now, authorities have agreed to give the land on a lease of 30 years at a cost of Rs 5,000 per acre per year. This cost would be increased by 10% once every two years.

What was the discord?

The then deputy commissioner of Uttara Kannada S S Nakul had written a letter to the government dated June 26, 2017 regarding the proposal submitted by the KSCA for construction of the stadium at Savarpai. Then, he had suggested that the Gomal land could be given to KSCA on a lease of Rs 40,000 per year per acre or rent which would be 5% of the market value.

The DC had also put forth some conditions. He had said that local sportspersons must be allowed to use the stadium at a concessional price. The students of government sports residential hostels must be allowed to use the stadium free of cost. The stadium management committee must have the deputy commissioner as its president and zilla panchayat chief executive officer and the superintendent of police as its members. However, the KSCA had said that there were no such provisions in the KSCA norms to accept those conditions. KSCA had also appealed the administration to reduce the lease amount.

Senior officers of the Revenue Department who reviewed the proposal said that the land at Hodduru in Madikeri taluk had also been given for a cricket stadium. But no such conditions had been laid there. Therefore, the officers turned down the conditions put forth by the deputy commissioner of Uttara Kannada and gave a nod for transfer of land to KSCA.

For tourism development

Responding to the issue, Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar said that if KSCA was interested, an agreement could be signed. However, the stadium work must be completed on time. The land should not be left idle once it is handed over to KSCA. “The district administration is supporting the project from tourism development point of view,” he clarified.

KSCA gears up

Reacting to the development, KSCA Secretary Sudhakar Rao said that the government has accepted the appeal of the KSCA with regard to the transfer of land for construction of cricket stadium at Savarpai in Chittakula gram panchayat limits. If everything goes smoothly, the agreement would be signed and the land will be transferred to KSCA in another one or two months. Subsequently, the stadium construction work would begin. They had planned to hold cricket matches here by April.

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