Defence Ministry nod for 15 years lease to Eden Gardens

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Kolkata, Oct 17 (UNI) The Defence Ministry has approved to extend Eden Gardens' lease for another fifteen years, nearly sixteen months after the expiry of the current lease period, with an enhanced tariff rate, official sources said today.

The working committee of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), headed by president Jagmohon Dalmiya in a meeting yesterday, discussed the Defence ministry's approval for another fifteen years.

Dalmiya said the lease agreement would be singed after the finalisation of terms and conditions.

The CAB now pays Rs two lakh annual fees for Eden Gardens' lease to the Defence ministry.

The amount would now go upto Rs 6.5 lakh per annum.

Dalmiya informed that a large part of the stadium would be renovated before the World Cup, along with building new sports hostels in the premises.

An architech would be appointed for the construction of a new club house and an office bhawan, to give the stadium a new look before the World Cup, Dalmiya informed.

He said the four blocks - B, C, K, L, would be demolished for paving ways for the new ones as the existing galleries stood in a precarious condition.

With the Eden Gardens' previous lease period expiring in June, 2007, a renewal was needed as the entire green areas - Brigade Parade Ground, three football grounds-- East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohamedan Sporting- and a vast stretch of the eastern bank of river Hoogly are under the jurisdiction of the Defence Ministry.

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