DNA | Last Modified - Oct 10, 2011, 03:56 AM IST
Jaipur: The new stadium of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) will have covered roofs along with fountain foggers and fountain misters in the stands to spare spectators from agony of sitting in torturous sun and hot conditions.
The new stadium to be completed in two years at the cost of Rs160 crore will also be the first green stadium in Asia, the RCA claimed.
"It would be the first green stadium in Asia with all the features of platinum rated green building. Apart from ample green area, there will be many environment friendly features," said Dr Bimal Soni, deputy president of RCA. Indore-based Mehta & Associates has been selected to design the stadium near Amber Fort on Jaipur-Delhi Highway that would be ready in 18 months after tenders are finalised.
The architectural firm in collaboration with a British company has proposed to build the stadium in a way which could also be used as a five-star hotel. "There will be 100 corporate boxes that would be like independent suites to be used for hotel purpose when there is no event," Dr Soni informed. The stadium for which the state government has allocated 54 acres of land at concessional rates will have capacity of around 60,000. The cost of the project will be Rs160 crore to be funded through grant from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and loans, RCA's acting secretary K K Sharma said.
According to him, the RCA will also build an international level stadium in Udaipur for 20,000 spectators. It would cost Rs40 crore. He said that the RCA president has also invited proposal from Jodhpur cricket association to develop facilities in order to organise some IPL matches there.