Vijayawada

Indira Gandhi stadium yearns for a makeover

A view of IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

A view of IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: V_RAJU.

It has been six months since close-down was announced

Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium, the largest sports and games facility here, is yearning for a makeover even as six months have passed after the announcement of development plans by the civic body.

The stadium, which is now in a state of neglect, would be having international level facilities had the plans of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation been carried out. To boost the image of capital Amaravati, the corporation, at the behest of the Chief Minister, had planned to host a Celebrity Cricket League tournament named after Amaravati there.

With CCL representatives seeking basic amenities and ambience, the corporation decided to develop the arena with world-class facilities in a phased manner.

After the first phase, there were plans to host celebrity cricket matches.

The then civic chief had also announced close-down of the stadium for two months to carry out repair works from January 27.

However, nothing materialised due to delay in funding and the stadium's condition further deteriorated.

Changing development plans

According to officials, the CM would soon review the latest plans and approve the same for development of the stadium in a single phase, at a cost of ₹ 50 crore. When contacted, VMC Sports Director A. Sekhar said, “Earlier, plans were made to develop the stadium in multiple phases. Later, it has been decided that the plans will be carried out in a single phase. As per the latest plan, the stadium will have world-class facilities including a roof and a complete makeover.”

City Mayor Koneru Sridhar and representatives of Sports Authority of AP had been urging the State government to release funds for development of the stadium.

Celebrities in CCL

The celebrity cricket was planned with celebrities like Adam Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, actor Venkatesh and several others from both cinema and cricket fields.

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