first_imgKolkata: The state government will upgrade the Kishore Bharati Krinangan popularly known as Jadavpur Stadium, located in Santoshpur, to international standards.The decision has been taken following the highly successful hosting of FIFA Under-17 World Cup in October 2017 at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Stadium, popularly known as Salt Lake Stadium. “We feel that Kolkata is capable of hosting big sporting events if we have more stadiums of international standards,” a senior official of the state Youth Services and Sports department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources in the department said that the parts of the stadium complex to be renovated are the field, ten galleries and drainage system. The floodlight system will be completely overhauled as well. An air-conditioned dressing room with all modern facilities, Press box and several other parts would be newly built. The renovation of the galleries alone will cost around Rs 3 crore. The State Public Works Department (PWD) will be overseeing the project and tenders have already been called by the department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAn official in the Sports department said that the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri is also being upgraded to international standards, while the Barasat Stadium is being renovated. The Trinamool Congress Government, over the last seven years, has built 45 stadiums of various sizes. The Sports department is also providing funds to civic bodies to renovate different sports facilities under their jurisdiction. It may be mentioned that the state government is trying its best to inculcate a sporting culture across Bengal. Various sports tournaments are being organised across the state that include Jangalmahal Cup, Himal-Terai-Dooars Sports Festival and Sunderban Cup, where lakhs of youths take part. Besides being given medals and other prizes, several of the successful athletes are also being provided employment as civic volunteers and home guards.last_img

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