Proposal seeking Rs. 3.5 cr. submitted to government

Vice-president of the Karnataka State Sports Authority Girish Patel has said that sporting amenities at Nehru Stadium here will be upgraded.

He told presspersons on Tuesday that it had been planned to construct a viewers' gallery, drainage, develop the basket ball court, and install a cow guard.

A proposal seeking Rs. 3.5 crore had been submitted to the government, he said.

Work on laying a synthetic track at the stadium at a cost of Rs. 3.09 crore had commenced.

A proposal had been submitted to the government seeking Rs. 1.4 crore more for the track work, Mr. Patel said.

Non-sporting activities would not be allowed at the stadium after completion of work on synthetic track, he said.

A walkway would be built on the periphery of the stadium, he said.

He said that a district sports complex would come up at Swamy Vivekananda Extension in the city on 4.21 acres of land.


The proposed project would be implemented at a cost of Rs. 10.64 crore. The government had released Rs. 5 crore for the purpose. A swimming pool of international standards and an indoor stadium would be constructed here.

He said that indoor stadiums would be constructed in all taluk headquarters in the district. Work on an indoor stadium had commenced on Kanaka Mantap ground in Bhadravathi at a cost of Rs. 80 lakh. The government had agreed to release Rs. 25 lakh in the first phase, Mr. Patel said

It had been planned to construct wrestling centres at Gandhi Bazaar in the city, Harnahalli, Ayanur, Kalmane and Holehonnur villages. Work on the same had begun at Kalmane village, he said.

He said that the government had been urged to appoint coaches for all stadiums in the State at the earliest.

President of the Shimoga City Municipal Council S.N. Channabasappa, president of the Shimoga Urban Development Authority Dattatri, and BJP leaders Jnaneshwar and Nataraj were present.