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Swimming pool site near sports complex

Sports enthusiasts have a reason to cheer about. The city would soon have a state-of-the-art pool near Patliputra Sports Complex for organising swimming competitions. A swanky gymnasium is also on the cards.

Standoff over land between Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB) and the department of art, culture and youth affairs over, both the facilities would come up on a four-acre plot on the western side of the recently inaugurated sports complex.

After a high-level meeting on Tuesday, the BSHB agreed to transfer the land to the department of art, culture and youth affairs for developing the swimming pool and the gymnasium. Both the facilities would be attached to the existing spo- rts complex.

Anjani Kumar Singh, the principal secretary of the state education department, who also holds the additio- nal charge of the department of art, culture and youth affairs, told The Telegraph: “The BSHB would hand over the four acres of land beside Patliputra Sports Complex to the department of art, culture and youth affairs. Subsequently, the BSHB would send a proposal to the state cabinet seeking corresponding compensation for transferring the land to the youth affairs department. Thereafter, the youth affairs department would develop a swimming pool and gymnasium over the land.”

The department of art, culture and youth affairs officials are upbeat over the decision of land transfer. “The pool will be a boost to budding swimmers.

It will also help promote swimming in the state capital. Similar to the development of sports complex, the proposed swimming pool and gymnasium would also be developed according to the international standards,” said a senior official of the department of art, culture and youth affairs.

According to the department of art, culture and youth affairs sources, the detailed project report of the 50-yard swimming pool has already been prepared by the state building construction department.

The design and the regular operation of the proposed swimming pool would be done according to the guidelines of Swimming Federation of India.

The Telegraph in its July 5, 2011 edition had reported about the “standoff” between the department of art, culture and youth affairs and the BSHB on the issue of transfer of the land.