Gavaskar accepts revised terms for proposed cricket centre: CM

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Nagpur, Nov 27 (UNI) Renowned cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has accepted the revised terms and conditions for the erection of a cricket training centre in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh told in the Legislative Assembly today.

In a written reply to Gopinath Munde (BJP) and others, he said that the Sunil Gavaskar Cricket Foundation Trust, which is building the centre, would pay the State Government 25 per cent of the profit that it would made from the activities there. As per the original terms and conditions of the agreement, the Trust was to pay the Government 50 per cent of the profit, he said.

Similarly, the Government had decided to nominate the Director (Sports) as a member of the board of trustees of the Trust, Mr Deshmukh said. Mr Gavaskar had agreed to the revised terms and conditions, and further process in this regard had been initiated accordingly, he added.

The State Government had allotted a 2,000 sq m plot of land in BKC to Sunil Gavaskar Cricket Foundation Trust, free of cost, for the construction of a cricket training centre, which would include an indoor stadium, health club, fitness centre, gymnasium, swimming pools, squash court, sports cafeteria and a trainees' hostel, the CM said, adding that the lease period had been increased from 30 years to 60 years. Department of Sports had paid Rs 10.50 lakh to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), which owned the plot, Mr Deshmukh told the House.

The land had been originally allotted to the Trust on June 10, 1988, and the terms conditions of the original agreement had been revised on July 6, 1999 and November 29, 2002, before being revised again on September 14, 2007, he said.


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