Chandigarh: The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) is developing a second international cricket stadium to add to the IS Bindra PCA ground in Mohali. The facility is being developed in Mullanpur near Mohali and the PCA claims that it might even host its first international match in 2020. The IS Bindra PCA Stadium was built in 1992 and is a Test center. In the year 2011, PCA’s Executive Committee had met under the Chairmanship of its then President IS Bindra and decided to build a modern cricket stadium at Mullanpur, which will be three times bigger than the existing one. “We had acquired nearly 40 acres of free hold land at Mullanpur in the demarcated Sports and leisure area, which is having wide roads and very good connectivity from Chandigarh and even from various places in Punjab. The new stadium at Mullanpur, also called New Chandigarh, is going to be ready in next three years or even before that,” PCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Brigadier GS Sandhu (retd) told reporters today at the site where the new stadium is coming up. PCA forms committee to improve board’s working after SC verdict
The new stadia will also have a state-of-the-art cricket academy which would attract trainees from associate and affiliated members of the ICC, said PCA’s Chief Operating Officer, Deepak Sharma. At the site of the new stadium, which will be built in two phases, work is going on in full swing and the boundary wall has already come up. PCA a ‘public authority’ under provision of RTI Act
The total cost for building the first phase of the stadium, which is coming up in Togan and Tira villages, is approximately Rs 150 crore, Honorary Project Director of the Mullanpur stadium project, B K Bassi said. As against Mohali stadium’s seating capacity of nearly 27,000, the Mullanpur facility would be able to accommodate 38,000 spectators, Bassi said.
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