Delhi to get new Football Stadium
Delhi is all set to get an international level multi-game sports complex in Najafgarh with modern facilities for cricket, football, basketball, athletics and tennis and swimming with Delhi government on Monday sanctioning Rs 122 crore for the sports complex.
The complex is being developed in two phases – Rs 10 crore was sanctioned in the first phase so that work could begin immediately without waiting for the entire plan sanction to travel through all the paperwork and processes that could have led to delay. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia approved the proposal of construction of the sports complex at an estimated cost of nearly Rs 122 crore. The complex will come up at Kair village in Najafgarh spread over 18.20 acres.
FIFA Certified Football Stadium
A football stadium, a part of the sports complex, has already been constructed and FIFA has approved the completed football stadium in the upcoming complex as a certified venue for hosting international matches. FIFA officials carried out an inspection of the stadium in November. It is the first FIFA certified football ground in the city.
The sports complex is likely to come out as a blessing for the sports talents hidden in the soil of rural Delhi and neighbouring Haryana that remain unidentified or underdeveloped in the absence of infrastructure and training facilities. Some of the aspiring boys and girls manage to undertake an exhaustive and long journey from outer Delhi to different stadiums located in central Delhi for training and practice regularly. Not only is the transportation long — some travel as long as 40km to come to different stadiums — but it also involves cost that many talented young sportspersons find difficult to afford. It is also difficult for them to devote themselves to training after spending two-three hours in transport. In the long run many drops out of training and practise mostly due to the distance they have to cover in poor public transport for guidance and infrastructure.
“The international level multi-game sports complex will be close to a large number of aspiring youths who are born with talent in different parts of rural Delhi to hone their skills. For sportspersons from Haryana also it will be useful,” said an official.
In the first phase facilities for athletics, tennis, basketball and swimming are scheduled to be completed within six months. In the second phase, a sports academy and residential facilities will be set-up. The government has set a target to throw open the entire sports complex for the public within 18 months. The land acquisition and taking other ground level clearances have been done. PWD is developing the sports complex.