BCCI received additional 15 acres of land from Karnataka government for COE

The project has been in the pipeline for the last 12 years.

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The BCCI has received an additional 15 acres of land from the Karnataka government for building a Centre of Excellence near the international airport in Bangalore. The total area of the facility will now be 40 acres. The BCCI had earlier completed a 25-acre deal with the state government back in the month of May. Today (September 1), the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhury has said that the Board has received another 15 acres to create a world class facility.

Choudhury thanked the Karnataka government on receiving the additional space. He also said that originally, the center was planned around Nandi hills but their focus on getting space allotted on Devanhalli aerospace park has been a success.

In the pipeline for the last 12 years

“For the last 12 years we had been waiting for a separate parcel of land for NCA and the BCCI had even paid 50 crore for this purpose way back in 2005,” said Choudhary. “While the original parcel of land was aimed at the Nandi Hills area, we this time around started focusing on Devanahalli aerospace park and I am happy to tell you that not only the first 25 acres were registered against the amount which had been paid by the BCCI 12 years ago.”

Additional 15 acres

 “In addition to these 25 acres, we had asked for another 25. I am grateful to the government of Karnataka that they have agreed and have finally given us another 15 acres in the same plot.” Choudhary said plans are being made to chart the road ahead for COE. “I intend to draft a mail this evening itself, sending it to members of the NCA committee, important functionaries in the BCCI and also the COA.”
“Once we identify our requirements, we’ll have an NCA meeting, which will consider and approve that, on the basis of which we will start the appointment of a consultant. I would love it to be one of the finest in the world. Our centre of excellence, as we will eventually know it, should be second to none,” he added.