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Tamil Nadu to set up 500-acre mega sports city on East Coast Road

India Today logo India Today 27-01-2022 India Today Web Desk
Tamil Nadu to set up 500-acre mega sports city on East Coast Road Tamil Nadu to set up 500-acre mega sports city on East Coast Road

Soon, a 500-acre mega sports city is set to take shape in Chennai's outskirts area with many fancy facilities, such as athletic tracks, indoor cycling velodrome, hockey stadium, a multipurpose indoor stadium for basketball, volleyball and boxing.

The state-owned Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) has floated tenders inviting consultants for the preparation of a techno-economic feasibility report for setting up the facility. The idea behind the centre is to catch young sportspersons and train them to be international sports stars.

The project is coming up near Thiruvidanthai, about 30km south of Chennai on East Coast Road (ECR).

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The identified land parcel, spread across both banks of Buckingham canal and nestled between ECR and OMR, is part of 3,000 acres of government land where, in 2003, the then AIADMK government had planned to build an administrative city.

Tamil Nadu sports minister Siva V Meyyanathan told the Times of India (TOI) that the detailed project report for the project would be prepared soon. "We have studied Pune's Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex and Patiala's Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports. What we plan for Tamil Nadu will not just be on par with these facilities, but better than them," said Meyyanathan.

A Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) official said they had been sending proposals for modern sports centres in Chennai and Coimbatore for decades now.

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