Maha to grant autonomous status to Chhatrapati Sports Complex

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Maha to grant autonomous status to Chhatrapati Sports Complex

Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) The Maharashtra Government will confer autonomous status on Shiv Chhatrapati Krida Sankul or sports complex at Balewadi in Pune by June this year, the Legislative Assembly was told today.

“The state government wants to encourage meritorious sportspersons and provide the state-of-the-art facilities to them. The sports complex would be given autonomous status,” Sports Minister Vinod Tawde told the House.

Replying to a discussion during the question hour, the minister said that the audit of the sports complex has not been done properly.

“Audit (of the complex) was not done. We will not shield any officials in this regard. The guilty would be punished,” he said.

Tawde said the sports complex used to be given on a lease for marriage functions and other non-sporting events in the past.

“As a result of this, a badminton court and a tennis court located in the facility is in a bad state. A policy decision has been taken that the sports complex will be used for sporting events only and not for marriages,” the minister said.

Replying to a question on the seizure of fake medicines and beauty products from Thane and Bhiwandi by the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA Minister Girish Bapat said that the concerned companies have been issued show cause notices.

Bapat said that the state government will recommend making such offence a non-bailable one.

The items were seized in January this year.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Ravindra Chavan said that godowns for storing food grains in tribal areas would be constructed through public private partnership (ppp) model.

He was replying to a question on the purchased grains being not lifted by millers in Vidarbha region.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.