There are at least 22 stadiums apart from the top two Chinnaswamy and Kantheerava Stadiums to practice cricket in Bengaluru, run by private individuals or groups. But none of them are available at an affordable price. This is the alleged claim of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
Thus, BBMP has planned to prepare a cricket ground, just like the Chinnaswamy Stadium. According to the municipal corporation, there are no grounds for children to practice cricket in Bengaluru, so a stadium, which will have all international level facilities will be provided to common children of the state, who want to make it big in cricket.
Thus, currently, the BBMP has the blueprint ready and has submitted its project plan to the government requesting for necessary land and permission.
The BBMP has demanded to hand over 40 acres of acquired land at Mangammanapalya ward, Bommanahalli in Bengaluru.
The stadium will be built at the cost of Rs 25 crore. The government has been requested to provide the special funds. If not, BBMP aims at collecting money from various sources including the Mayor fund.
Is there a real need for a cricket stadium? Though BBMP plans to have and maintain a cricket stadium with international standards, will it succeed in it? Looking at the plight of roads, which still are left with potholes and the condition of offices under the Palike, BBMP better utilise the money to fix that already cry for attention?