Haryana Cabinet approves land for Sehwag's Sports Academy

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Chandigarh, Oct 21 (UNI) After the victory of Team India against Australia in the second Test at Mohali, there is further good news as the Haryana Cabinet has given its nod for the land to be acquired for the Integrated Sports Academy to be set up by the team's explosive opener, Virender Sehwag at Silani Kesho village in Jhajjar district of Haryana.

This academy will have a cricket academy, a football academy as well as a school and would work for the uplift of sports in the country and in Haryana.

The Cabinet, which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, approved the proposal of the Gram Panchayat of Silani Keshi to lease its 'shamilat' land measuring 23 acres, 13 marlas at concessional rate of Rs three lakh per year, with a provision of five per cent annual increase to Shri Krishna Drishti Educational Society, being headed by Sehwag for this project.

In the first phase, the proposed Integrated Sports Academy will have a Cricket Academy for 400 candidates, Football Academy for 250 candidates, a school for 800 students with hostel facilities for 400 students.

In the second phase, the Cricket and Football Academies and school as well as hostel facilities would be expanded and a Swimming Academy would also be set up.

Five per cent seats with full tuition fee concession would be reserved in the institution for inhabitants of the village or the area concerned. The period of lease shall not exceed 33 years at the first instance and it can be further renewed for another 33 years.

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