The Sports Department officials are preparing ground for seeking a budget allocation of Rs.200 crore for 2012-13 to improve sports infrastructure in the State.
The increase in the budget was an outcome of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy's commitment to construct a mini stadium with indoor facility in every mandal headquarters, sources said. Currently, the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh has an annual budget or Rs.20 crore.
Sources indicated that initially the target for the new scheme of constructing mini stadia would be taken up in each of the 294 Assembly constituencies. “At least 125 to 150 constituencies already have these facilities and the focus shifts to the remaining constituencies where they don't exist,” an official said.
Under fire from different sections of the sporting fraternity for indifferent attitude towards sports, the State government is expected to respond positively in this regard. “There are 52 ongoing projects, 28 new projects (mostly proposals submitted by the MPs and the MLAs on their own in their respective Constituencies),” sources pointed out.
Unless the State allocates around Rs.2 crore for each Constituency, the ambitious project of putting in place the mini stadium with indoor facility may not be a reality, argue former internationals.