The Ambedkar stadium owned by GCDA has been the venue for several foot ball matches including the Santhosh Trophy foot ball tournament in its glorious past. Though it’s a prime open land in the CBD of the city, the stadium is not effectively utilized. Due to the lack of proper drainage system and levelling up of adjoining plots the Stadium area gets flooded in the monsoon. This condition resulted in sinking of the existing stadium structure. The present situation warrants redevelopment to achieve the best utility of land there and thus redevelopment of Ambedkar stadium is included in the priority projects of GCDA considering the demand of people in and around Kochi for sports recreation and thus to ensure healthy community. It is envisaged to re-develop the stadium area covering the 6.9 acres after demarcating the land for the proposed ring road around the stadium as per the approved layout plan and the newly built commercial building for resettlement of shops in the stadium. The proposed Sports City will be having the facilities of Football Court, Hockey field, Basket Ball court, Volley Ball Court, Swimming Pool, Indoor Stadium(for badminton, Table Tennis etc.) ,Gymnasium, Dormitories for ladies and Gents ,Lockers, Medical Room. Cafeteria and Administration office. The Sports City will be providing parking area for at least 100 cars and 10 buses. GCDA IS planning to invite Expression of Interest (EOI) from the developers who are passionate to develop and provide the sports facility in a social service manner.
The proposal has submitted to Government for the permission to lease the land, which is under the consideration of the Government.
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