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A sports academy on the lines of NIS-Patiala would be ready in another nine months at the northern tip of Patliputra Sports Complex in Kankerbagh.

The state art, culture and youth affairs department has finally been successful in getting around three acres of land there to develop the sports academy. The land belongs to the building construction department.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Tuesday, art, culture and youth affairs minister Vinay Bihari said the building construction department had agreed to transfer the land to his department in principle and the documentation regarding the same was being done at this moment.

“The department has plans to use that space for the construction of a sports academy. The facility will definitely have an Olympics-standard swimming pool. Both the departments have been in talks for sometime. The documentation regarding the same is going on and we expect it in writing by this month-end. Once this is done, we will not waste time and the construction will begin by October. At present, the plan regarding the sports academy is being made and we want it to be something like the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports in Patiala. The location is perfect as the Patliputra Sports Complex is located at a stone’s throw distance,” Bihari said.

“Initially, the department had decided to come up with a full-fledged swimming facility in the plot of land. There were plans to come up with at least two Olympics-standard swimming pools and other facilities. However, the department will come up with a sports academy, which will include swimming pool too. It might not be as huge as the one in Patiala but then the concept has been taken from the same,” a department official said.

“By this month-end, the department will decide on the sporting events, which will be conducted there. There will be a tendering process and the construction will be started. However, there will definitely be one Olympics-standard swimming pool in the facility,” he added.

An Olympics-standard pool has a length of 50m and width of 25m with 10 lanes for swimming. The depth of the pool lies around 2m. At present, the state has Chandragupta Jal Vihar, located on one end of Moinul Haq Stadium, with a length of 25m, width of 11m and depth of 3.04m.

“Swimming is a sport, which has got potential to grow in the state. The department has done surveys and found out that swimming is a good pastime for many youngsters in the rural areas. If nurtured properly, the sport has got the potential to grow and prosper. In March 2012, the 16-acre Patliputra Sports Complex was inaugurated and the state also hosted the women’s kabaddi World Cup at the facility. We hope that the sports academy would be an add-on. The land filling process will be started soon,” Bihari said.