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Low rental for sport leap

Ranchi, Feb. 10: The state sports department will slash rental rates of Hotwar mega sports complex and allied properties in Morabadi and Namkum built during the 34th National Games in a major move to keep the multi-crore infrastructure busy round the year.

A decision to this effect was taken today during the executive committee meeting of Sports Authority of Jharkhand at the behest of sports minister Geetashree Oraon, who pushed for lower rates to maximise participation.

Chief secretary R.S. Sharma, sports secretary Vandana Dadel, development commissioner Sudhir Prasad and other senior sports officials were present at the meeting.

The department has 12 state-of-the-art stadiums in three places — nine at the sports complex in Hotwar, two in Morabadi and one in Namkum.

Morabadi has astroturf hockey and football stadiums, the lawn bowls one is in Namkum and the rest are at Hotwar.

Stadiums are rented out for sporting and non-sporting activities, but only Birsa Munda football stadium in Morabadi and Harivansh Tana Bhagat indoor stadium in Hotwar can be hired for the latter. The rest are rented out exclusively for sporting activities.

Rentals vary from stadium to stadium.

For instance, the Astroturf stadium is being rented out this Hockey India League (HIL) season for Rs 5.8 lakh. So far, the athletics stadium was rented out at Rs 20,000 a day plus an equal sum as security deposit. The tariff for all the indoor stadiums and the sole shooting range are Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively. An equal amount is charged as security deposit in each case.

A 50 per cent discount is given to sports associations.

Now, though the lower tariff is not fixed yet, sports secretary Vandana Dadel confirmed the announcement would be made “soon”.

“The idea is to encourage more outfits and schools to hold sports events at our stadiums. We decided to slash caution money and maintenance charges by 75 per cent. We already give 50 per cent discount to sports associations, which now will be hiked,” said Dadel.

Hockey Jharkhand general secretary Savitry Purty, who divulged the Astroturf rate for HIL, welcomed the state decision of lowering rental tariffs.

“It’s a move that will help every sportsperson, outfit and fan,” she said.

The sports department calls manpower crunch the major deterrent to stadium upkeep. The mega sports complex till date doesn’t have stadium managers. A retired sports officer manages all the nine stadiums inside Hotwar complex.

Chief secretary Sharma directed the department to immediately hire contractual manpower. He proposed their hiring initially for three years, their jobs subject to renewal on the basis of their performance.

On the question of stadium managers, Dadel said they would be hired soon.


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