BCCI recommends infra development fund for NE states

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KOLKATA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) finance committee has recommended the creation of a Rs 500 million fund for infrastructure development for states in the north east.

"Considering the pan-India approach, it is of utmost importance to ensure appropriate infrastructure is created in these states so that they are in a position to compete", Cricket Association of Bengal joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya told IANS.

The decision, taken by the committee last week, will speed up the works initiated by the New Area Development Programme (NADP) which  has already laid down the ways and means of executing it. The entire structure and layout for development of infrastructure in the northeastern states was created by New Area Development Programme (NADP), including development of full size cricket grounds, budget stadiums as well as indoor practice facilities. It also included a separate academy for the northeast, according to an IANS report.

Steps had been initiated for creating indoor facilities in Meghalaya and Nagaland and also procurement of necessary cricket equipments for starting school tournaments in Sikkim.

Once the recommendations are approved by the Committee of Administrators, the board would be able to either directly or through the associations take up all the balance infrastructure works which have been pending for a long time.