Bareilly stadium to get hockey astro turf and synthetic track soon

26 October 2017

Dori Lal Agarwal sports stadium at Model Town is all set to get a hockey astro turf and synthetic track to be laid for athletes, under central sports scheme 'Khelo India'.

According to officials, the new facility will be a boost to budding players, who will be able to practice in a professional manner to compete in national and international tournaments. The proposal is estimated to cost around Rs 5.50 crores and has been sent to the state government for its approval.

Speaking with TOI, regional sports officer, Lakshmi Shankar Singh said, "The hockey astro for players and synthetic track for runners is the need of the hour as the athletes currently practice on the rough fields in the Dori Lal sports stadium. Some of them practice in Major Dhyanchand sports stadium in Cantonment, which has a hockey astro turf there. However, with the absence of a proper astro turf and synthetic track here, it becomes difficult for athletes to practice and hence, is an obstacle in their skill development."

RSO added, "The new turf and synthetic track for players will help them practice in a professional manner, in order to compete in national and international tournaments."

The upcoming hockey astro turf is likely to come up on the vacant land behind the stadium. The proposal for the project has been sent to the state government for approval. It is expected that the amount will be sanctioned after the civic elections following which the construction work will be undertaken, informed officials.

Moreover, plans are also afoot to develop as many as 15 mini sports stadiums in the outskirts of the city, each at a cost of Rs 2.97 crore. The move is aimed at providing a platform to budding players who belong to rural areas and help them develop their career in sports. Nawabganj, Faridpur, Bithri Chainpur, Shergarh, Bhojipura, Bhuta and Kyara are among the places finalized, where mini-sports stadiums will be developed.