Nagpur News : As a part of throughout development of the city, the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is concentrating on development sports infrastructure in the city and for that the NIT authorities has chalked out a plan that was revealed by its chairman Praveen Darade while interacting with the members of Sports Journalists’ Association of Nagpur (SJAN) at its Vivekanand Nagar office on Saturday.
Darade who himself was a good athlete in his school and college days said, ” As far as sports is concerned it is out top priority. We want to create maximum sports facility for the citizens so that they could give the importance to physical fitness”. taking a step towards development of sports, NIT has identified 75 open places in the city which will be developed in future. It will have playfield, walking track, changing rooms, high mast lights. ” Once developed we will handover the ground to the interested sports organisations on 15 years lease basis”, Darade said.
He said NIT is planning to build one indoor sports complex worth Rs 3 crore in south, north, east and west Nagpur areas and one already has started at Swablambi Nagar. About the renovation of NIT swimming pool, Darade informed that NIt will spend around Rs 13 crore on its renovation. Apart from swimming it will have additional facilities of two squash courts, gymnasium, hall for table tennis and carrom and ozone plant. ” We have already floated the tender and the work will start soon”, he said.
Asked about the status of synthetic track at divisional sports complex premises, Darade said, ” As the earlier contractor was sacked for not maintaining the deadline, we ourselves had urged the divisional commissioner to handover the work to NIT as we have qualified staff to look after day to day progress. I am hopeful that within one year the work of synthetic track will be completed”.
Asked about its maintenance The NIT chief said, ” To earn the money is not our air. The primary motive is to provide the facilities to the sportspersons at affordable rates and for that we will also study the Balewadi model. In fact we are talking to divisional sports complex authorities to handover entire complex and surrounding area to NIT for its maintenance”.
Darade also informed that the NIt has handover the Ram Nagar tennis court to Nagpur Improvement Trust and now they will continue the lease to the district tennis association. NIT will also lay 400 metre mud track as Reshimbagh ground and its Gandhi Nagar skating rink will be made synthetic in future.
Superintendent engineer of NIT Sunil Gujjalwar, NDBA secretary Mangesh Kashikar and Nagpur District Athletic Association secretary Prof. Sharad Suryavanshi were also present on the occasion.