Mangaluru, May 05, 2015: There are no real sports, recreation and park facilities in the vast city of Mangaluru now as it is developing into another concrete jungle. The residents are alarmed at the possibility of the exclusive cricket stadium coming up shutting out all other forms of sports and games.
’Bondel Maidan Development Samithi’ opposed the proposal of constructing a cricket stadium on the 10 acre plot located in the Government Housing Colony at Bondel and strongly demanded the government to convert the site into a multi-purpose playground. The ground is now used as a safe walking track. Nearly half a dozen schools in the area don’t have play ground.
Around 5,000 children use it as playground. Nobody is against cricket, but in the name of game, the ground should not be handed over to corporates. There should be a playground in every ward for better health of people.
Briefing the media, Samithi Secretary and Retired MCC Executive Padmanabha Ullal described how he levelled a hilly area into a ground with the help of giant earth-levelling machines of KIOCL. The proposal of playground is with MCC from past 25 years, but nothing is materializing due the self interest of influential forces, he alleged.
Meanwhile, a tentative plan for multi-purpose playground was released. Samithi Working President John B Monteiro, also the anchor of Bondel Laughter Club said that new ground plan can provide space for ’Laughterdome’ for a hundred participants to have their sessions even in the monsoons. He called upon public to support to retain the property worth Rs 200 crore for the use of common local inhabitants.