Staff Correspondent

Centre has released Rs. 100 cr. for stadiums in State

Rs. 1 cr. being given under 12th Finance Commission grants

Madikeri: Kodagu district is likely to get Rs. 1 crore for developing a full-fledged outdoor stadium in Madikeri city, according to sources here on Wednesday.

This is in addition to the Rs. 1 crore already given to the district administration early this year.

The Department of Youth Services and Sports, which released this fund, had asked the district administration to utilise the amount entirely for developing an indoor stadium. But the district stadium committee, chaired by the then Deputy Commissioner Subodh Yadav, had written to the Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, to divert the amount for developing an outdoor stadium.

Kodagu is of the three districts in the State that does not have a full-fledged stadium. This is despite the fact that Kodagu has produced over 60 international sportspersons, especially in the game of hockey. However, the officials concerned have been allegedly showing on records that Kodagu has a district stadium.

Taking stock

Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services M.N. Reddy recently paid a visit to the district stadium here and also the Kudige Sports School to take stock of the situation.

He said the department would extend full support to facilitate development of stadiums.The first instalment of Rs. 1 crore was released by the State Government and the decision is to release an identical sum from the 12th Finance Commission grants.

The Centre has released Rs. 100 crore for developing stadiums in the State under the 12th Finance Commission grants.

This has put an end to the row between the stadium committee and the Department of Sports over the latter’s stance that the Rs. 1 crore released earlier must be utilised only for construction of an indoor stadium.

Secretary of the Department of Youth Services and Sports Srikanth recently conveyed the information regarding release of Rs. 1 crore under the 12th Finance Commission grant to Kodagu Deputy Commissioner K.R. Niranjan. This was confirmed by Mr. Niranjan on Wednesday.

Following a decision taken by the stadium committee in December last, a Rs. 4.48-crore proposal was sent to the Government early this year to take up development of the outdoor stadium and construction of an indoor stadium in Madikeri.