KP govt to build cricket stadium in Kalam

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PESHAWAR:  The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to build an international-style cricket stadium in Kalam in another important step in promoting sports activities in the province. The project of Kalam Cricket Stadium covering an area of ​​120 kanals will be completed in two years at an estimated cost of Rs. 358 million, which will have a seating capacity of 6,000 spectators at a time in addition to other necessary facilities.

The highlight of the proposed stadium will be the use of artificial wood instead of concrete in most of its construction work to restore the natural beauty of Kalam. A meeting was held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan to review the progress so far on the proposed project of Kalam Cricket Stadium, in which the design of the said stadium was presented to the Chief Minister.

Approving the proposed design in principle, the Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to take necessary steps for timely commencement of practical work on the project. Apart from Secretary Sports Abid Majeed and Director General Sports Asfandyar Khattak, other concerned officials also attended the meeting.

Briefing about various aspects of the project, it was informed that more than 600 kanals of land is available for the construction of cricket stadium and other sports projects in Kalam out of which only 120 acres of land is required for the cricket stadium.

The Chief Minister directed the authorities to prepare a plan for construction of a football ground and a large park on the remaining land.The Chief Minister further directed that besides construction of cricket stadium, football ground and parks on the said land, tree planting should also be arranged on a significant area so as to further enhance the natural beauty of the area and also promote eco-tourism there.

Describing the promotion of sports activities in the province as one of the top priorities of his government, the Chief Minister said that the present provincial government has taken fruitful steps under a comprehensive plan to promote sports activities in the province as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.  

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