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Tata grounds open to all

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. But, Jamshedpur boys won’t be so. For, their favourite green turf — Armoury Ground in Bistupur — is now officially open to all.

Tata Steel sports department, which owns the grounds, on Friday assured Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta — who had thrown open the gates of the greens on Wednesday — that sports enthusiasts and morning-walkers could use the venue for a limited time on a daily basis.

The word came from senior manager Charles Borromeo who met Gupta at the venue around 7.30am.

“We don’t have any issues if outsiders use the grounds. I will sit with the people concerned to decide on the hours when the gates will be open for public,” said Borromeo.

He later asked Jharkhand Women’s Football Association, sports enthusiasts and morning-walkers to meet him to fix the time slots.

Over the past six months, the green lung was being used to conduct U-10 and U-12 training programmes of Tata Football Academy and entry of outsiders was prohibited.

The decision to throw open the gates of Armoury Ground has been lauded by one and all, but not without a little apprehension.

Hence, MLA Gupta told Borromeo that he did not want any further complication vis-à-vis the public using the grounds. “I cannot come daily to get the gates opened. Please see to it that residents don’t face any problems,” said the Congress leader.

Morning-walker Mukhtar Alam heaved a sigh of relief. “Fortunately, the problem has been settled for good,” he said.