Rules not adhered while allotting ground to Churchill Bros: BJP

The BJP sought to know from the Goa government why a playground was allotted to Churchill Brothers football team, without following proper rules.

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 14:52 PM IST

Panaji: The BJP on Monday sought to know from
the Goa government why a playground was allotted to Churchill Brothers football team, without following proper rules.

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said the Sports
Ministry did not form a proper policy while allotting the
ground, which is located at Cana Benaulim in South Goa.

The issue was raised during Zero Hour of the ongoing
State Legislative Assembly session.
Churchill Brothers is the only family-owned football club
in India, which has won several national titles.

Parrikar said the opposition benches are not against
giving ground to any Club, but it has to be done by adhering
to proper norms. He claimed that the ground belongs to a
private school and the state government allotted it to a
football team without taking the school into confidence.
However, Sports Minister Manohar Azgaonkar claimed that
the ground belongs to the state government and it has been
leased to the Club for 33 years.

"The ground is allotted to Churchill Brother to enable
them to set up an A-class stadium and other structures," he
said.

Azgaonkar conceded that the Expression of Interest (EOI)
was not invited before allotting the space for Churchill
Brothers.

He said the top football clubs of the I-League are being
considered for allotment of land as a special case to enable
them to develop a standard football ground as per the All
India Football Federation (AIFF) policy.

PTI