Baroda Cricket Association to construct stadium near Vadodara

Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has acquired a piece of land on Halol Road at vadodara for the proposed stadium AFP

Vadodara: Apr 21, 2012

The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has expressed interest to construct a modern stadium spread over 80 acres of land on the outskirts of the city at Vadodara, its president Chirayu Amin said.

The BCA has acquired a piece of land on Halol Road at Vadodara for the proposed stadium, for which, state government’s nod is required, Amin, who has been re-elected as the BCA president, said on Saturday.

Polling for the BCA top post was held yesterday and after the counting of votes today, Amin was elected as its president. Amin has been holding this post for the past 24 years following the demise of the erstwhile ruler of the princely state of Baroda Fatehsinh Rao Gaekwad.

The site chosen for the planned stadium is about 8 kms away from here. While the cost of the land is estimated to be Rs 25 crore, the BCA plans to construct this stadium at a cost of Rs 100 crore, official sources said.

The BCA wishes to construct a stadium, a club house and create other facilities at the site. A good portion of the land will be kept for parking purpose, Amin said.

“We are in touch with the state government for the clearance of land,” the BCA president said.

Meanwhile, BCA has set up a committee to get back over Rs 4.5 crore that was paid in a failed deal at Sankarda village located on NH 8, he said.

He said he is hopeful of resolving this issue. “A committee will try to resolve the issue by getting back money or taking a legal route to acquire the land,” Amin said.

Other BCA office-bearers are: Samarjeetsinh Gaekwad and Rakesh Parikh (Vice Presidents), Sanjay Patel and Sachin Dalvi (Secretaries) and Arun Gandhi (Treasurer).

The annual general meeting of the BCA, which was held yesterday, witnessed heated arguments over the stadium land and the alleged delay in the auditing of annual accounts.

Shailesh Nagarsheth, who lost the presidential polls, accused that Amin and his supporters were not allowing others to become members of the association “to continue their permanent hold on the BCA”.

Another BCA member Jayesh Verma sought to know the reasons behind the “escalating cost” of the security arrangements in the two One-day internationals played in the city some time ago.

“How come the security cost of One-day internationals (ODIs) went up from Rs 2 lakh in 2007 to Rs 43 lakh in 2009?” he asked.

Sheetal Mehta, son of former Gujarat finance minister Sanat Mehta, expressed his anger for not presenting the annual accounts of the BCA on time. (PTI)