Sports Authority plans Rs 300-crore football academy in Kozhikode - The New Indian Express

Sports Authority plans Rs 300-crore football academy in Kozhikode

Published: 14th November 2013 09:55 AM

Last Updated: 14th November 2013 09:55 AM

The government has in principle accepted the two proposals submitted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) with the intention of more investments in Kerala.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said during his post-cabinet briefing that SAI had proposed the setting up of a football academy in Kozhikode, provided the required land is provided from the campus of the Kozhikode University. The project is worth `200-`300 crore.

The other proposal from SAI is with regard to the taking over of the Golf Club in Thiruvananthapuram and transforming it into one of international standards. ‘’Since a case is pending in the Supreme Court the final decision in this regard will be based on its outcome and by protecting the rights of existing members of the club,’’ he said.

The Chief Minister said that the government had taken note of inhuman and unscientific manner in which the animals are slaughtered in abattoirs in the state. There has also been widespread criticism from different quarters in this regard.

The Cabinet discussed the matter and decided to introduce required changes in this regard.

The High Court of Kerala has also given certain directions to the government regarding the same. In this backdrop, it has been decided to constitute a committee with Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, as its chairman.

Answering repeated queries of mediapersons on whether the government was mulling granting mining rights to private sector also for in mineral sand mining, the Chief Minister said that the general approach was that the public sector should be strengthened. But the focus should be on value addition, he said.

However, when pressed for making the stand clear, he hinted at considering granting rights for the private sector also after ensuring that the public sector companies get enough mineral sand at their disposal.

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