ACA’s exclusive cricket stadium in progress at Amaravati in Mangalagiri will be completed by 2018. This was officially confirmed by the ACA joint secretary Ch. Arun Kumar to the media.
Speaking to a leading newspaper daily, Arun Kumar said that the stadium works which began in 2013 were stalled in 2014 due to architectural flaws.
“We changed the architect and resumed the work after taking the corrective measures.” he said, adding that Rs.40-crore-worth civil works had been completed. “Ninety per cent of the works at the East and West galleries were completed and the South block is nearing completion. However, work at the North Block has just begun and only 30 per cent of the work is completed.” he said.
The new stadium would have a spectator capacity of 30,000 and 50 corporate boxes accommodating 20 persons. The boxes are either sold or leased to the corporates.
Kumar stated that the cost of the stadium had witnessed a massive escalation due to constant delay that called in for increase in the prices of raw materials. “It will take Rs. 110 crore to make the stadium ready for an international match in 2019.”
Important civil works and facilities such as dressing rooms, lighting, water, drainage, green cover and internal roads will be taken up simultaneously.
The stadium that is spread across 23 acres will have a club house in the second phase that will flaunt guest rooms, swimming pool, badminton and squash courts, open air theatre and a restaurant. An indoor stadium, adjacent to the main stadium, was inaugurated recently by BCCI president Anurag Thakur. The complex is also housing ACA Central Zone academy.
Source – The Hindu