Goa 'game' for Lusofonia & National Games by Nov

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 04 April 2013 15:46 IST

Goa will have world-class sports infrastructure by November this year, in view of Lusofonia Games beginning on 2 November and National Games next year.

The BJP government has finally decided to go ahead with the Sports City at Dhargal, for the National Games.

For Lusofonia, Goa will have two new world-class multipurpose indoor halls at Pedem and Goa University at Taleigao.

In addition, two new Athletics stadiums would be built, one at Goa Medical College in Bambolim and a synthetic Athletic track at Pedem.

Facilities at Fatorda Stadium as well as Tilak Maida in Vasco would be upgraded, besides a multipurpose indoor hall at Pedem.

The government is also upgrading several football grounds at Cuncolim, Benaulim, Nagoa (Verna), Navelim and Raia.

“We have taken it up as a challenge to complete all the works and we are already one week ahead of the schedule”, sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar told the Assembly today.

The state government is spending Rs 218 crore to build infrastructure for the Games.

The same facilities would then also be used for the National Games scheduled next year in Goa.

The Sports Complex at Pedem would ultimately come up as a major venue for Games with two world-class multipurpose halls and a synthetic Athletic track.

“We are also setting up a dedicated electric sub-station only for Pedem complex”, said Tawadkar.

The major amount being spent for this infrastructure is around Rs 62 crore each to construct new Athletic stadium at GMC and a multipurpose hall at Goa University.

Similarly, the government would spend around Rs 46 crore each for a new multipurpose hall at Pedem and upgradation of Fatorda stadium.

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