Nashik: District Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal rejected Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited’s (NMSCDCL) proposal to build a smart parking area in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Stadium which is owned by Nashik Zilla Parishad.
Bhujbal said, “We were playing with the idea of building a parking space to meet the needs. But none of the agencies were prepared to pay the cost of Rs 70 crore. We have now decided to renovate the stadium as planned. The renovation at a cost of Rs 25 crore will start soon.
The government sanctioned Rs 8 crore for the redevelopment of the stadium in 2018. The district sports office has already given Rs 4.31 crore.
DSO Ravindra Naik said the decision was a big relief for the sports fraternity. “The plan for the dirt track, the single-deck administrative office, several sports arenas and a multi-purpose hall as well as the seating arrangement were part of the Rs 8 crore plan. Now we have revised our plan and will add more infrastructure to the stadium, ”Naik said.
The stadium will now have a synthetic track for the athletes surrounding the football field and there will be two fields each for kabaddi, kho-kho and volleyball. A three-storey structure with rooms for badminton, table tennis, squash, wrestling, fencing, table tennis, toilets and changing rooms will be built.
Naik added that there is still room to accommodate a youth hostel for 300 sportsmen, which can be occupied in the second phase of the redevelopment.