Obligation to use the plot within three years
Mumbai: After retirement, cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was given a plot of land at a strategic location at the Bandra-Kurla complex by the state government 33 years ago. However, Gavaskar has been forced to complete the construction on the plot and start using it in the next three years.
The plot was allotted to Sunil Gavaskar Cricket Foundation for cricket training. However, in this very strategic place of two thousand square meters, there was no development in terms of training in so many years. The Gavaskar Foundation is now allowed to train in sports other than cricket on the condition that a lease agreement be signed with MHADA within 30 days and construction on the land be started within a year of the agreement and completed there within three years. Also, since the land has been allotted for cricket training, the foundation will have to guarantee that cricket will be imparted along with other sports. The government will have to remit 25 per cent of the profits from the center.
After Gavaskar retired from cricket, he was given the plot by MHADA in 1988 on the condition of imparting cricket training. But as this very strategic place was lying unused, some organizations demanded MHADA to get it. Gavaskar, meanwhile, wrote letters to MHADA in January, 2020 and March, 2021, demanding relaxation of the conditions imposed on allotment of plots. Admitting this, Gavaskar has also been allowed to train in sports like badminton, football and table tennis.
Prior to this, permission has been given to start health club, fitness center, gymnasium, swimming pool, squash as well as accommodation for trainees and sports cafeteria etc. on the land in November, 2002. Now, along with cricket, training in other sports will be available here. Apart from this, a health center will be set up for the treatment of injured players and a hall will be set up for lectures by sports experts. It has also approved the renaming of the former ‘Indoor Cricket Stadium’ as ‘Multi Facilities Sports Center with Indoor and Outdoor Facilities’.