Upcoming Saltlake hockey International stadium gets Rs 20 cr boost

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday introduced a Rs 20 crore grant for the upcoming worldwide hockey stadium contained in the Saltlake Stadium Complex.

The 6,500-capacity stadium, to be unfold over an space of roughly three acres, is proposed to be constructed close to gate quantity one of many Saltlake Stadium and is prone to come up inside a 12 months.

“I’m hereby granting Rs 20 crore for the hockey astro-turf,” Banerjee mentioned on the Khelashree programme, an annual felicitation of the state’s sportspersons, on the Netaji Indoor Stadium right here.

She additionally made a slew of bulletins, together with a pension scheme of Rs 1,000 for the previous sportspersons of the state.

“We have about 2,000-plus ex-players who are above 60 years. As a gratitude, I want to announce a state pension scheme for them with Rs 1,000 per month,” she mentioned.

Under an upcoming scheme, the state authorities will now sponsor about 100 athletes.

“I will tell (Sports Minister) Aroop (Biswas) to form a committee of experts who can identify, for instance 100 sports persons, who will be fully sponsored,” Banerjee mentioned.

“They don’t have to worry about their training or taking part in a competition. They will be fully sponsored by us under this new scheme,” she added.

Banerjee additional highlighted how her authorities facilitated soccer membership East Bengal’s entry into the highest tier Indian Super League after roping in traders Shree Cement.

“After Mohun Bagan’s entry, everybody requested why can’t East Bengal play within the ISL… I additionally need Mohammed Sporting to play within the ISL. I would like all of the golf equipment from Bengal to make waves.

“Football teams of Brazil, Germany are not built in a day. Football, cricket, tennis and all Olympic events, I want Bengal to make headlines in all disciplines,” she mentioned.

Banerjee additional introduced Rs 1 lakh grant to 26,000 golf equipment and 861 teaching camps of the state.

While she just about inaugurated the Kishore Bharati Krirangan with the I-League match between Churchill Brothers and Real Kashmir, Banerjee added that the state has spent about Rs 400 crore in constructing 34 stadiums.

“Continuing our priority for sports, we have built 17 youth residential academies, 34 stadiums, 703 mini indoor stadiums, six swimming pools, 4000-plus multi gymnasium and also developed more than 400 grounds. Overall, we have spent about Rs 400 crore.”

She additional mentioned West Bengal now has 4 sports activities academies — in Khardah (soccer), Jhargram (archery), Kolkata, Saltlake (tennis and desk tennis). Also a fifth one, of swimming, is arising,” she added.

The Awardees

Khel Samman: Atar Ali, Himashree Roy, Mitrabha Guha, Paramita Roy, Goutam Dey, Riya Mondal, Nilna Shil, Salma Majhi, Tapan Pal, Jayashree Das, Mehuli Ghosh, Priyabata Sadhu, Sahida Khatun, Jeet Chandra, Soham Sadhukhan, Sahir Ali Mallick.

Bangalar Gourav: Ruma Roy, Pinki Pramanik, Dr Laxmi Narayan Nayak, Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Runa Basu, Sagarmoy Sensharma, Subhomoy Das, Sumanto Ghosh, Amit Bhadra, Amit Das, Babu Mani, Debasis Mukherjee, Deepak Mandal, Dulal Biswas, Prashanta Chakraborty, Pratima Biswas, Sandip Nandi, Debjani Samanta, Monaj Bera, Partha Pratim Sengupta, Kishore Kumar Patra, Debabrata Chatterjee, Bhagirath Samal, Mamoni Mondal, Tarak Nath Shaw and Mantu Ghosh.

Krira Guru: Smita Chattopadhyay, Tarun Saha, Amitava Ghosh, Biswanath Ghosh, Joydeep Karmakar, Bharati Ghosh and Mihir Ghosh.

Lifetime Achievement: Bir Bahadur Chettri.

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