Last year October, PM Narendra Modi has confirmed that India would bid for 2036 Olympics. To make it happen, Gujarat govt has formed a new firm under the entity ‘Gujarat Olympic Planning and Infrastructure Corporation Ltd’.
The Company will be responsible to develop an area of 350 acres around Sardar Vallabhai Patel Sports Enclave in Motera Ahmedabad, where the largest Cricket stadium in the world in terms of spectator capacity is also part of.
Ahmedabad is the frontrunner to host the games if the bid goes in India’s favour. The new entity was formed three months ago and one board meeting already took place, said a senior official of the firm(as reported by PTI).
The company has put up its pavilion at the Vibrant Gujarat Trade Show 2024, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in Gandhinagar.
Gujarat Govt plans for 2036 Olympics
“To realise Prime Minister Modi’s dream of hosting the Olympics in the country, we have drawn a master plan to develop the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in Motera and surrounding areas spread across 350 acres. As per the plan submitted by a design firm selected earlier through an open bid, six sports complexes will be constructed in an area of 350 acres,” the official informed.
The new company formed by the Gujarat Government recently issued tenders to select firms which can design these sports complexes, with an estimated project cost of 6000 crore.
“Firms selected through bidding will be responsible for preparing the layout of the entire area. They will also prepare a detailed structural as well as architectural design of these sports complexes. The company expects the construction of these sports complexes to be completed by 2030 so that India can pitch for the 2036 Olympics,” he said.
The official also said, “The executive body consists of the principal secretary of the Gujarat Urban Development Department serves as the chairperson while other board members include the Municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad, the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority CEO, and the director general of the Sports Authority of Gujarat, among others.”
Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had chaired two meetings in December last year with top Gujarat government officials to review the state’s preparedness to host the 2036 Olympic Games.