TAMIL NADU

Work on swimming complex reviewed

ANALYSIS: Atulya Mishra, Member-Secretary, Sports Development Authority, discussing a plan in Tuticorin on Saturday. Photo: N. Rajesh  

Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN: Atulya Mishra, Member-Secretary, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), on Saturday reviewed the progress of work on a swimming complex at the SDAT ground here. It is coming up on an outlay of Rs 55.5 lakh.

Accompanied by the Collector, R. Palaniyandi, Mr. Mishra supervised the selection trials conducted by SDAT to recruit students to three sports schools and four sports hostels operated by it in the State.

Mary Rajathi, Deputy General Manager, SDAT, and A. Santhan, District Sports Officer, were also present.

Mr. Mishra said that the works on the swimming pool would be completed before the end of the current fiscal.

Of the total outlay, the Centre had contributed Rs. 25 lakh, the State exchequer, Rs. 12.5 lakh, and the remaining, public contribution.

"The swimming pool will measure 25 metres in length, 13 metres in breadth and five metres deep.

The complex will have a water circulation plant, administration block and dressing rooms for VIPs, men and women," Mr. Mishra said. Sports complexes would be set up at all village panchayats in the district in a phased manner.

"During the current fiscal, we are setting up 85 such complexes in as many number of village panchayats, using funds earmarked under Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam," he said.

"We have intensified our search for sporting talents through World Beaters Talent Scheme," he said. Talented students of Standards VI, VII and VIII, who possessed endurance and aptitude, would be trained under the scheme at the sports academies run by SDAT.