Mangala Stadium is the only full-fledged stadium in Dakshina Kannada Mangala Stadium is the only full-fledged stadium in Dakshina Kannada
Non-availability of land to build stadia is the main problem The Government has agreed to sanction funds for building stadia Authorities have requested the tahshildar to provide land
MANGALORE: Sports activities in Dakshina Kannada will get a boost if the interest shown by B. Nagaraj Shetty, Minister for Fisheries, to develop the sports infrastructure, especially stadia, becomes a reality.
At present, athletes depend on Mangala Stadium here for their training. It is the only full-fledged official stadium in the district.
The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports is responsible for the management of the Mangala Stadium. It will eventually be bestowed with the responsibility of managing the proposed stadia at Sullia, Puttur, Belthangady and Bantwal taluks. However, the main problem faced by the department is non-availability of land to build stadia, especially at the taluk level.
There is constant pressure on revenue authorities to provide land for various public purposes and the request for land to set up sports infrastructure is pushed aside.
The State Government has agreed to sanction grants for the construction of stadiums at Puttur, Sullia and Belthangady under the 12th Finance Commission.
The taluk stadium committees in the taluks have already met in this regard and instructed the assistant executive engineers' of the Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat engineering division to prepare an estimate. Incidentally, the authorities have requested the Bantwal tahshildar to provide eight acres of land for the construction of a taluk level stadium there.
Mr. Shetty, a representative of the Bantwal constituency, has assured to speed up clearances for land wherever required, including procuring private land if necessary. He has instructed officials to complete work on the taluk stadiums at the earliest.