KERALA

Sports school will be shifted, says Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Oct. 22. The Education Minister, Nalakath Soopy, today clarified that the Government had decided to shift the G.V. Raja Sports School to Mylam, near Aruvikkara, because adequate land was not available at the proposed site at Mannanthala.

An official pressnote quoting the Minister said the relocation of the school had been delayed by the non-availability of land. It said the Defence Ministry was stepping up pressure on the State Government to relocate the school from its present location at Sanghumukham, which had been acquired for the Southern Air Command.

``The Government had initially decided to shift the sports school to Mannanthala. The 1.5 acres, which belonged to the now-defunct Mannanthala High School, was identified and the Ulloor panchayat had agreed to provide 2.5 acres for a stadium. But this was found to be inadequate for a project of this magnitude. Efforts to secure additional land from the Mannanthala printing press failed to succeed because the plot had already been earmarked for a security press and quarters. In this context, the Government was forced to seek another option," he explained.

The release said the Government had already acquired 12.11 acres of land at Mylam from Kinfra. A project report for the construction of a sports school complex is under preparation, it added.

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