Mohali to get eight brand new sports complexes by October 30

By the end of this year, Mohali will be one of India's leading sports cities. With the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) set to complete eight sports complexes by October 30, Mohali will well and truly be on the international map. As of now, it is known for the PCA Stadium but by November 2011 a newly constructed hockey astroturf stadium will host international matches. GMADA will spend Rs 90 crore on the construction of these eight stadiums.

The construction of the hockey stadium in Phase IX opposite the PCA stadium, spread over 19 acres of land, is in full swing. The seating capacity at the hockey stadium will be of 18,000. Speaking to Newsline, Mohali District Planning Committee Chairman N K Sharma said, "The work for these ventures was undertaken a few months back. The construction at every site is in full-flow. We aim to complete the work left at all eight stadiums by the end of October, so that athletes can hit training there by the end of this year. Till now, there have been no hindrances in the undertaken construction work and we hope to meet the deadline without any hassle."

He added, "In another five months, Mohali is going to emerge as the sports hub town of Punjab. These stadiums or sports complexes will be multi-purpose as they will have facilities where various sports like volleyball, badminton, tennis, and other sports can be played." He also informed that Rs 17 crore would also be spent on sports accessories at these stadiums.The project of building the sports complex in Sector 78 is spread over 27 acres of land and will attract major tournaments as it will have a well-built and equipped velodrome and also facilities for popular sports like boxing, football, athletics and wrestling.

What could be another leap for the Mohali Sector 78 sports complex will be a 400-m synthetic track, which will be the only one in the Punjab region. Initially, GMADA planned to build a simple athletic track but keeping in mind the need and growing popularity of athletics, it decided to be in sync with modern requirements and come up with a synthetic athletic track instead.

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