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New look for Sarusajai complex

Guwahati, Feb. 6: The Sarusajai sports complex and the adjacent M. Tayebulla Hockey Stadium will wear a new look soon with the Sports Authority of Assam taking up a beautification project of the infrastructure created for the 33rd National Games held here in 2007.

With chief minister Tarun Gogoi making it clear that the infrastructure would not be handed over to any other agency for exclusive use and maintenance, the authority will associate with Assam Agricultural University to deweed the two compounds.

The first phase of work has already begun.

“We have engaged a team of experts from the university to provide technical expertise and our employees, who volunteered to execute the work rather than outsourcing, are doing the work successfully. The weed-control exercise has been started at both places because wild grass has been damaging the playing turf,” SAA director general Ratul Chandra Duarah told The Telegraph.

“After the de-weeding is completed, through the application of medicines and chemicals, we will work upon the turf. We will also have to plant new varieties of grass across the two campuses because we cannot allow the growth of wild grass as it spreads very rapidly to new areas,” he added.

The improvement of football turf on the Sarusajai campus is being undertaken after instructions from the chief minister himself after the SAA entered an agreement with IMG Reliance to host the proposed cash-rich IMG Reliance Football League tentatively by September.

The stadium is also projected as a venue for the 2017 under-17 Fifa World Cup, which India will host.

Duarah said an emergent governing-body meeting of the SAA would have to be convened soon to finalise the increasing of the floodlights at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium from the existing 1,000 lux to at least 2,000 lux to facilitate high definition telecast of the proposed league.

The league was originally scheduled to commence in January but was later deferred due to various constraints on the part of the organisers.

Duarah hinted that the earlier proposal of developing the vacant land inside the Sarusajai complex into a children’s park would also be executed this time “so that revenue could be raised from it for self sustenance and maintenance of the infrastructure”.


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