Decks are cleared for the Goa Cricket Association to have its own international standard cricket stadium.
The State Cabinet has cleared the proposal for leasing a 1.89 lakh square meter plot of land at Dhargal to the GCA. The plot is part of the land acquired by the government for building a sports city in Dhargal.
The stadium, to be built by the GCA, will have a 50,000 seating capacity, the State Sports Minister, Manohar ‘Babu’ Ajgaonkar has said. Cricket fans in Goa have been deprived of international cricket games as the Board of Control for Cricket in India has a policy of not allotting international matches to associations which do not own an appropriate stadium for the games.
GCA has already paid over ₹8.5 crore as the guarantee amount towards the lease of land to the government. It will have to pay another Rs 1 crore before taking the possession of land.
The second installment of 50% shall be paid before commissioning of the stadium for 10 years from the date of signing of lease deed by GCA, whichever is earlier.
The cabinet note also stated that in case of default or violation of any terms and conditions by the GCA, the plot and its appurtenances shall be reverted back to the Government of Goa.
The government has decided to initially lease out the land for 33 years. The lease can be further extended for two terms of 33 years each.
The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the GCA should pay 5% of revenue earned out of commercial activities at the ground like rental/auction of shops, food court, parking lots etc. to the Goa government.
However, the State cricket body will not be required to shell out this 5% share for the cricketing activities like sale of tickets, advertisement/entertainment rights, including broadcast revenues.
The GCA will be required to provide free of cost 2,000 number of ordinary passes and 200 VIP/VVIP passes or 5% of the total number of ordinary passes and a 25% of the total VIP/ VVIP passes, whichever is higher, to the Goa State Government for all national and international cricket matches. All the statutory and taxation implications will be on the account of GCA.
GCA will need a minimum of three years to build the stadium.