The State will encourage adventure sports which in turn will provide a boost to tourism in Uttarakhand. After laying the foundation stone of the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium and Sports Complex at the Mahrana Pratap Sports College campus in Dehradun on Thursday, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said that the stadium and sports complex which is a joint venture of Uttarakhand department of Sports and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, will go a long way towards developing the sports talent in Uttarakhand and establishing Dehradun on the international sports circuit.
The stadium and sports complex will be constructed at a cost of about `250 crore on 25 acre area with the ONGC providing `50 crore for the construction.
Addressing the gathering, Bahuguna said that Uttarakhand has produced many talented sportspersons who had brought fame to India and Uttarakhand. Stressing that the State will provide all possible assistance and honour to the sporting talent, the CM said that Uttarakhand Government will present `11 lakh to Unmukt Chand who captained the Indian cricket team which won the under-19 world cup.
Referring to plans for encouraging adventure tourism in the State, he said that an adventure tourism sports academy will be established in Tehri at the cost of `20 crore. Bahuguna stressed that the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium and Sports Complex will be constructed according to international standards.
He also exhorted the ONGC to provide all possible cooperation towards building this facility. Speaking as the special guest on the occasion, the Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs and Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla said that building the cricket stadium in Dehradun will encourage tourism and sports. â€œInternational-level cricket matches and IPL matches will also be held in Dehradun when the international cricket stadium is constructed,â€ Shukla said while adding that the Union Government will provide all possible assistance to Uttarakhand for facilitating development in the State. The State will be recognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India soon after it receives proposal from the State cricket association, he said.
Olympian Hardayal Singh who was a member of the Olympic Hockey team of 1956 that won a gold medal at Melbourne and was presented with a cheque of `5 lakh to honour his lifetime achievements while a cheque for `4.07 lakh was presented for the CM relief fund by the Sports and Youth Welfare department.
The Dehradun district Minister in-charge Yashpal Arya, Sports Minister Dinesh Aggarwal, ONGC chairman and managing director Sudhir Vasudeva and MP Tarun Vijay were also present on the occasion.
Src: Daily Pioneer