Let’s play: 52-acre arena near Delhi airport | Delhi News

Let’s play: 52-acre arena near Delhi airport | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is going to come up with its biggest sports complex in Dwarka’s Sector 19B, which will also be its first such facility to be built, operated and maintained under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Located near Indira Gandhi International Airport and close to Delhi Metro’s Blue Line (Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida City Centre) and Airport Express Line, the integrated complex will come up on a 52-acre plot and is estimated to cost Rs 250 crore. DDA has developed 15 sports complexes in the capital with state-of-the-art facilities. The popular ones include the Siri Fort sports complex spread over 32 acre and the one at Commonwealth Games Village, which covers over 21 acre.The Dwarka complex will have a football stadium with a 7,000 seating capacity and a practice field with facilities of FIFA-compliance standards. It will include both indoor and outdoor sports facilities to cater to the needs of professionals, training programmes, sports bodies and amateur sports, local communities and private companies, a DDA official said.
The outdoor sports complex will include an eight-lane athletic track, tennis court, basketball court, children’s play area and a skate park while the indoor facility will have dedicated space for badminton, squash, table tennis and board games. It will also have swimming pools, a shooting range and a fitness centre.
Other public and support facilities will include a jogging track, garden, food court and an auditorium. The complex will also have a sports hostel to support domestic and international sports tournaments with all supporting facilities, the official said.
The site was earlier earmarked for a football stadium with a seating capacity of 18,000 spectators, apart from other sporting facilities. Out of the 62-acre plot, 10 acre will be kept aside for other projects, including activities related to Bharat Vandana Park coming up across the site.
DDA has floated an expression of interest (EOI) for development, operations and maintenance of the complex under the PPP model. It hopes to attract applicants from sports infrastructure or similar backgrounds to incorporate best practices. The work has to be completed within two years from the award of the tender.
The authority believes that by roping in private players, it will be able to bring in professional expertise and ensure optimum utilisation of the sports infrastructure through a sustainable development and operations model.
While balancing the objective of local community engagement in sports, private players can also ensure revenue generation for sustainability, the official said.

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