GCA members to hold hunger strike for stadium

GCA President Dayanand Narvekar has been waging a battle with the state government for over a year for clearances for the international cricket stadium

Panaji: Aug 29, 2011

The members of Goa Cricket Association decided to hold hunger strike if their proposal to build a cricket stadium at Tivim in North Goa is not approved by the state Government.

GCA has been waging a battle with the state government for over a year asking it to provide necessary clearances for the international cricket stadium.

“The GCA general body which met yesterday felt we should resort to a hunger strike. I agreed with them but we have formed a committee which will deal with the state government,” GCA president Dayanand Narvekar told reporters.

Significantly, Narvekar was at one time finance minister in the Digambar Kamat government but has fallen out of favour and has kept himself out of the negotiating team which will be led by Shravan Dubhashi.

The other members include Baban Parulekar, Prakash Phadte, M Gaitonde, Vijay Kumar Shet, TS Sandhu and Anand M.

“The state government has not been cooperative. The Directorate of Sports has not sent a copy of the affidavit that we filed with the Ministry of Environment. The ministry is not aware of what we would do with the 40,000 sq m of forest area and has held back the final clearance,” Narvekar said.

“A year ago, the Town and Country Planning Department gave an in-principle clearance for building the stadium but now it is dragging its feet on the final clearance,” he added.

Should talks championed by Dubhashi – a confidant of sports minister Manohar Azgaonkar – fail, Narvekar said the “cricket fraternity” will take to the streets and resort to a hunger strike that will, hopefully, send the message to the state government (PTI)