Wakad: Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has allocated funds in its fiscal year 2023-24 budget for the development of an international level badminton court facility in Ward number 25 of Wakad. The facility will be built on a 1.5-acre land in the premises of an ongoing PCMC school, although the expected cost of the project is yet to be decided.
Former Corporator Rahul Kalate had proposed the project a year ago, and it has now received the necessary provisions from PCMC in the budget, informed the local residents. The stadium is expected to be a huge facility with eight courts, and will be useful for many residents in the area.
Dattatray Deshmukh, Chairman of Pimpri-Chinchwad Co-operative Housing Societies Federation Ltd. Wakad, raised concerns about the completion time, charges, and maintenance of the stadium. “Actually the project was proposed a year ago by the initiative of former Corporator Rahul Kalate. This badminton stadium will be of international level and useful for many residents as well. But the question that remains there is assurity by when the project work will complete, what will be its charges and how it will be maintained,” he said.
Former Corporator Rahul Kalate expressed his satisfaction with the approval of the project. “As Wakad was not having any sports facility, this stadium will make it possible and this proposed stadium will be of international level in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Children in Wakad can also make good use of it. Now, the tender process will start. It may take 2 years for completion,” he said.
Whereas, Vinayak Gaikwad Former Corporator Wakad, said, “The project was into already being planned to implement which has now received provisions from PCMC in the budget. Due to the followups of late MLA Laxman Jagtap the stadium got approval.”
Ward officer Ravindra Pawar provided more details about the project’s timeline. “After passing the tender, the work of this badminton stadium will begin at the ground on the PCMC school which is being done in Wakad. This work is expected to complete in a year.” he said.