The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) will be spending a total of Rs. 8.65 crore for the creation of state-of-the-art sports facilities across the State during the current financial year.

Of the total amount earmarked, Rs. 5.85 crore will be spent under the existing Maintenance of Play Fields and Sports Facilities scheme, while the rest of the money would be drawn from the newly approved Community Sports project.

Giving details of the works to be undertaken to The Hindu on Saturday, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Amit Mallick said, the basic initiative was to help the State overcome the lack of modern sports facilities for training purposes.

“It is with this in mind, that we have re-worked the existing scheme of providing one-time grants for maintenance of playfields to schools, colleges and local self-government bodies. An analysis of the scheme has helped us understand that the money provided to various agencies as a one-off grant was not being utilised properly. Hence, the new initiative of creating facilities under the direct supervision of the DSYA,” he said.

Besides work on the already announced project of creating 18 multi-purpose sports facilities using synthetic play surfaces, the DSYA would be taking up 13 more projects under the same scheme this year.

Likewise, steps would also be taken for the implementation of ‘Swim N Survive’ in five more centres. The scheme was introduced last year in Kottayam following the deaths by drowning of school children, with emphasis on helping children learn the basics of swimming. It is proposed to start a centre each in Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Malappuram, Kannur and Ernakulam districts during the current year.

Mr. Mallick said the DSYA would also be constructing a futsal centre at Kodungallur in Thrissur district besides taking up the laying of a synthetic football turf at Thrikkaripur in Kasaragod district.

Synthetic tracks

Also plans are on the anvil to lay two four-lane synthetic tracks for training in athletics, one each in Palakkad and Kottayam districts. A new synthetic high jump runway and landing pits would be laid at the Corporation stadium in Kollam ,while two kabaddi synthetic courts would be constructed at venues yet to be identified.

The Women’s College in the capital city would be provided with a swimming pool as part of the new initiative. The technical assistance to take up the various projects would be provided by the National Games Secretariat. The pool would be constructed utilising the modern Gunite technology.

Under the Community Sports project, the DSYA will be constructing 14 badminton courts using synthetic surface, one in each district of the State during the current fiscal year. Besides, a sports park is to be set up in Thiruvananthapuram offering various facilities to the public to take up regular sporting activities.

Further, a community training hall would be set up in a selected panchayat, as part of the pilot project approved by the State Planning Board and the government.

Mr. Mallick said the work of the initially cleared 18 multi-purpose sports facilities was expected to be completed by October this year, while the other works would be completed before end of the current financial year.

The DSYA would be working in tandem with the Kerala State Sports Council and local-self government institutions in the creation of new facilities using modern technology.

It was also studying how best the funds sanctioned by the Union Government under the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) scheme to the various panchayats could be utilised for the creation of modern facilities.

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