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Thrikkakara to have floodlit stadium soon

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Municipal council approves plan worth over ₹16 lakh

Thrikkakara, a Kochi suburb that has grown rapidly over the last decade, will soon have a stadium and, sports and games facilities that will match the best in the State.

The municipal council had approved a plan worth over ₹16 lakh to turn the old municipal ground into a floodlit stadium that would enable games and sports events to be held at any time, said K.T. Eldho, vice-chairperson of the municipality on Sunday.

He said the emphasis was on providing facilities for people to take to sporting activities in the evening hours as urbanisation spread. Most young people, who are now employed, take to physical activities in the evening hours. Kakkanad being an area where there were thousands of IT employees, it would be useful to have facilities for evening sports activities, he said.

While the first phase involves establishing lights for evening hours, the municipal council is keen that the facilities are enhanced to have a quality athletics ground that can host State-level events in the future.

C.A. Nishad, municipal councillor from Kollamkudimugal, who took the initiative in establishing the new facility, said new and rapid developments in the municipal area had resulted in a shrinking of public spaces. There were many public places in the past where young people could take to physical and sporting activities. But, more of such spaces had been closed to public now.

Incidentally, the residents of Kakkanad NGO Quarters have expressed fears over whether the public ground now near the quarters complex would be closed to public with the establishment of the Kochi metro township.

Mr. Nishad said there were around 20 private turfs that had opened up in the Kakkanad area and a public space would help open up more opportunities for people, especially young children who were often engaged up until about 6 p.m. everyday on account of studies and tuition classes.

The floodlit stadium would be arranged in such a way that the lights would come on around 6 p.m. and go out by 12 midnight and then again come on around 4 a.m. to allow anyone to use the space for walks or games, he added.

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