PCA gets government nod for new stadium

The stadium, which would have a maximum capacity of 40,000 seats, would be built in Mullanpur.

Mohali: The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has got the green signal from the state government to construct a new state-of-the-art stadium in nearby Mullanpur at a cost of Rs 230 crore, even as the current ground in Mohali enters the 20th year of hosting One-Day Internationals.

PCA secretary MP Pandove said once the new stadium is complete, it would be the best in the country. “We would complete the stadium in three years from the date the project starts. Once complete, it would be the best stadium in the country and it would remain so for the next 20 years,” Pandove told MAIL TODAY. “ he stadium would house the PCA Academy, where players not only from the state but also those from south Asia and other Asian Cricket Council members would be trained.”

The stadium, which would have a maximum capacity of 40,000 seats, would be built on a 45-acre plot. That is a lot of space compared to the Mohali stadium, which is built on about 16 acres.

“More seating capacity is not required for a stadium for this area of the state, but it will have more spectator facilities than here at the PCA Stadium in Mohali,” said Pandove, who is also head of the BCCI Specialist Academies. “We would have three grounds as part of the stadium project. In addition, we would have a club house, and indoor training facilities.”

PCA made the proposal under the mega project scheme of the Punjab government.

Under the scheme, a project that is worth over Rs 100 crore gets a 10-year exemption on entertainment tax and electricity duty. “Also, under this scheme, if small holdings fall under a project, those areas are cleared and handed over to the proposer. There are a few holdings in the area earmarked for the stadium, but that wouldn’t be a problem,” he said.

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