GCA starts construction of cricket stadium in Tivin

Panaji: The Goa Cricket Association has started construction work for an international stadium, that will have a seating capacity of 45,000, at Tivin.

"As per the undertaking given in the affidavit by GCA to the High Court, the work will be done in stages. At present, work of cutting the trees on 90,000 sq meters of land has been completed and a site office has been opened," GCA president Dayanand Narvekar said.

"The work of digging of about 11,000 cubic meters of land upto one-feet deep will start from December 15," he added.

Narvekar said the entire work of the ground, which is likely to cost Rs five crore, will be outsourced to different agencies and the stadium is expected to be ready to host international matches from 2013.

Practice pitches will be made outside the cricket stadium, which will also have a 50-room guest house for the players, he said.

"The grass required for the ground will be imported from Mysore and mud will be brought from South India for the pitch," the GCA president said.

Narvekar said in a bid to make the stadium environment friendly solar equipments will be installed to take care of the electricity.

Besides, the stadium will have underground drainage facilities, he added.