After six-month delay, hockey astro turf ground back on track

2 January 2018

The hockey astro turf that was stuck in procedural delays for the past six months is finally back on track as sports and youth welfare department has received land allotment letter. The first astro turf in Indore will be laid at Atal Khel Parisar ground in scheme number 78.

In September 2017, after several requests, Indore Development Authority gave nod to sports department and handed over proceedings to Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC).

After getting IDA's nod, IMC had to give an NOC to sports department for Atal Khel Parisar land and this process took almost three months. Though IMC gave an NOC letter to sports department, it stated that the land will be transferred back to IMC after construction.

IMC officials claimed that IDA had given this land to civic body for management and they didn't have right to give NOC for land.

TOI on December 13 had reported about the first hockey astro turf getting stuck in procedural delays after which the land agreement work was taken on priority basis.

"We have finally got the allotment letter for this land by IDA and we have got the order to start the construction work from Bhopal office. We'll soon begin its construction work," said Joseph Baxla, district sports officer, Sports and Youth Welfare department.

Currently, hockey players in Indore are forced to practice on plain grass at Chimanbagh ground due to which they face problems in national level competitions, which are played on astro turfs.

Sports department has also planned to host national and international hockey tournaments here to boost hockey. A budget of Rs 5 crore has been sanctioned for the hockey astro turf stadium. The entire work of getting the stadium prepared will be done in two parts. First phase include the boundary wall construction and lighting for the stadium.

In the second phase, the astro turf will be laid on the ground. The ground will be made on 4 acre of land and will be 100 by 120 metre.

A mini pavilion will be made that will accommodate nearly 1500 spectators. Players' dugout will also be prepared near the court.