… So I would have canceled the MHADA plot given to Gavaskar; Jitendra Awhad’s tweet

After the retirement of cricketer Sunil Gavaskar 33 years ago, the state government has decided to allow cricket as well as badminton, football and table tennis on a strategic plot of land at the Bandra-Kurla complex. However, Gavaskar has been forced to complete the construction on the plot and start using it in the next three years. Meanwhile, state housing minister Jitendra Awhad has criticized Gavaskar, saying he would have canceled MHADA’s plot.

Other games are also allowed on the land allotted to Gavaskar

Jitendra Awhad has tweeted that Sunil Gavaskar wants to start a cricket academy soon. “As the Minister of Housing, I had decided to cancel the plot. Only he changed for Sunil Gavaskar. All I want is for Sunil Gavaskar to start a cricket academy there soon, ”said Jitendra Awhad.

“Had it not been for Sunil Gavaskar, I would have canceled the MHADA plot given to him today,” said Jitendra Awhad. “My interest in cricket has almost waned since the day Sunil Gavaskar was bowled by Phillips Defrites. I came out of the stadium crying, ”said Awadh.

What’s the matter –

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.

Earlier, permission was given to start health club, fitness center, gymnasium, swimming pool, squash as well as accommodation for trainees and sports cafeteria on the land in November, 2002. Now, along with cricket, training in other sports will be available here. Apart from this, in case of injuries to the players, a health center will be set up and a hall will be set up to host 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’.

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