Huge budget allocation for stadium construction

Sylhet International StadiumNational Sports Corporation (NSC) is going to take a huge project in terms of money for constructing a new stadium in Sylhet and repairing a total of eight stadiums throughout the country. It costs approximately 122crores and 57lacs Tk. BCB requested NSC immediately after 2011 world cup for constructing and repairing stadiums throughout the country ahead of the 2014 T20 world cup. In the consecutive process NSC has called tenders recently for the construction and repairing of the stadiums. [Read Also: One of the most beautiful stadiums in the world ?]

It also included two stadiums which are not concerned with the T20 world cup. A total 5, 18, 83000 taka tender for Khulna stadium and 1, 74,00000tk tender for Bangabandhu Stadium have been called but NSC has not clarified the reasons of the repairing of these two stadiums as it is not concerned to the upcoming world cup.

Acting Chief Executive of BCB Mr. NIjam Uddin Chowdhury told that NSC is doing this job on request of them. He explained that the opening ceremony of the world cup was supposed to be held in the Bangabandhu Stadium. Though it has been cancelled the stadium is undergone a routine repairing process. Initially Khulna stadium was also under consideration”.

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The likely cost for the construction of the Sylhet stadium is estimated 87crores and 50lacs. And the budget for repairing of the Sylhet divisional stadium as a practice ground is 50lacs. Besides constructing the new stadium, the Cox’s Bazar divisional stadium is also undergone the repairing process costing 4crores and 11 lac Tk. Another venue of the world cup Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium and M.A. Aziz stadium will also undergone repairing at the cost of 7crores 50lacs and 50lacs Tk respectively.

Although there is a giant screen set up in Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla stadium another giant screen is going to be set up at the cost of 7crores of tk. approximately 10crores of taka will be spent in Mirpur for setting up of the giant screen and temporary dressing room. The budget for Fatulla stadium is 6crores.

The total 123crores of budget allowance exclude the construction cost of Cox’s Bazar stadium. It is known that in spite of the temporary set up it will cost almost 15crores of taka for the construction of dressing room and boundary wall of Cox’s Bazar stadium. But BCB is doing it by its’ own fund. While answering a question about not asking for tender a BCB official told that it would delay the process. ‘We have a system of doing such things directly in time of emergency’ –he added.

Not only this, it is heard that some of the BCB high officials are rather interested in the contracts of other construction works for the stadiums ahead of the world cup.

Staff Reporter: Abeda Ashraf