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SUMMER SPECIAL: Students diving into the newly opened swimming pool in Dindigul. PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.
SUMMER SPECIAL: Students diving into the newly opened swimming pool in Dindigul. PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

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The move is to improve sports activities: Collector

DINDIGUL: Steps would be taken to create more infrastructure and develop a playground behind Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple and at NGO Colony here to promote sports activities, said the Collector, R. Vasuki.

Addressing a standing committee meeting on development of infrastructure for sports activities on Thursday, she said the district unit of Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu had planned to convert an open playground near the Rock Fort into a sports stadium with all infrastructure.

To begin with, the compound wall would be constructed around the playground near the Rock Fort.

A new swimming pool at District Sports Complex near the Collectorare started functioning from Thursday. The pool is open from 6 a.m. to 12 noon and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entry fee is Rs.20 per person for an hour. Monthly charges per person are Rs.450 and quarterly charges Rs.1,200, half years charges Rs.1,700 and annual fees Rs.2,700.

The pool has all facilities, including diving board, rest and dressing rooms and exclusive bathing facility for boys and girls. Water recycling facility has also been created. A coach is also posted to train children during summer holidays.

Already, the district administration has created sports facilities, including a volleyball ground, shuttle and ring ball court and a ground for cricket net practice in 62 villages this year under the All Village Anna Renaissance Scheme.

The comprehensive playground has been developed in each chosen village at an estimated cost of Rs.1.15 lakh. Sports goods, including bats, balls and other equipment would also provided.

She also announced that such meeting would be convened once in three months to discuss further development of sports.

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