Ranchi gets world-class cricket stadium,thanks to Amitabh Choudhary,IPS


Ranchi Stadium, Heavy Engineering CorporationFor over four decades,land near headquarter office of the Heavy Engineering Corporation(HEC) in Dhurva,was lying barren. The 27 acres of plot was reserved for the HEC,but this PSU set up in 1958 turned sick,incurred loses in crores year after year.So much that it could not mobilize capital to use it for expansion of industry.No body else could muster courage to invest on it either.

Now,a state of the art sports complex with a world class 40,000 capacity cricket stadium having a facility to play cricket in- doors and during day and night as well as courts of basket ball,badminton,gym and tennis have come up on this land at a cost of Rs 180 crore.

It is in Ranchi –the birth place of Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni-where an international ODI between India and England will be played for the first time on January 19.Already,ICC’s David Boon had inspected the stadium and appreciated its facilities.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association president Amitabah Choudhary,an IPS officer of 1986 batch and Additional Director General of Police cum Special Secretary(Home),Jharkhand,who has single handedly led a team to raise this magnificient cricket stadium and thereby put Jharkhand’s capital on the map of international cricket,said:”We are getting ready to host the ODI and open a new chapter in the history of cricket in this state.” [scrollGallery id=2]

Two days before this ODI,the stadium is slated to be be inaugurated jointly by BCCI president N Srinivasan and chief minister Arjun Munda in presence of players of India and England.Top fans of cricket in India-Farooq Abdullah and Arun Jaitley- are being invited to grace the occasion.

Earlier,the indoor cricket facility was thrown open for use by the BCCI president Sheshank Manohar on July 4 last year.And Jharkhand’s first tennis court,laid with the New Zealand made “Tiger Turf”supplied by the New Delhi based company –Silverglades Golf Development Company Private Ltd -at a cost of 32 lakh,was jointly inaugurated by tennis sensation Sania Mirza,her husband Sohaib Mullick and chief minister Munda.

“I had heard much about the town of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.I had always wanted to come here.Now I thank the JSCA for providing me the opportunity.The court built by it is excellent”, Mirza,who played on this court with Munda for an hour,is on record having said.

Though India-England ODI was three months away,preparations to make it a historic event are in full swing.”We have utilized our own resources to build the stadium complex.We have not taken any fund from the government for it”,said Choudhary.

In the past,ODIs were played between India and England and India and Pakistan at the Tata Steel owned Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur.After Jharkhand was created in 2000,the HEC’s revival package approved by the BIFR envisaged interalia a mechanism to generate capital by leasing out its surplus land.

This land fell in its ‘surplus’ categrory.But since it was acquired and leased out to the HEC by the state government,the PSU could not take any unilateral decision on it.Aware of it,JSCA secured a go ahead from the state government and gained possession of this land from the HEC on a 99-year-lease in 2008.

Today,every staff of the HEC was in cheers with the management’s decision to part with its land for the stadium complex.” We are proud that HEC’s this grand sports complex had come up.Apart from giving employment to many persons,we hope many Mahendra Singh Dhonis and Sania Mirzas will emerge from there,”said ex HEC CMD GK Pillai who had transferred the PSU’s land to JSCA.

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