Hyderabad: The Gachchibowli Stadium, the much sought after sports complex, a brain child of Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu, near the city has turned out to be a ‘white elephant’ today.
The state government is not in a position to maintain it. The situation has come to such a state that the Kiran Kumar Reddy government has decided to rent out the well-constructed stadium which once a Centre of attraction and which hosted the National Games during the TDP regime.
So far Rs 48 crore arrears have piled up due to non-payment of bills on account of the said stadium. The government is now trying to wriggle out of the current situation while deciding to rent it out to the private parties for the purpose of generating revenue.
Sports and Tourism Minister Vatti Vasantha Kumar told media persons at the Secretariat on Saturday that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had taken a decision to this effect at a review meeting chaired by the latter.
The district Collectors were directed to identify land in the mandal head quarters in all districts for constructing mini sports stadia as the government has plans to appoint coaches for every mandal to encourage youth. The Collectors were told to allot five to seven acres for this purpose.
The Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 4.17 crore to be given to 451 sportsmen as incentives.
A special programme – Rajiv Employment Mission will take off from August 20, to generate employment opportunities among jobless youth.(INN)