The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday said that they are planning to begin the construction project of the proposed Sheikh Hasina International Cricket Stadium this winter and are optimistic to complete the project within two years of starting construction.
The Project Implementation Committee of the proposed stadium held its first meeting at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.
The PIC consists of five-member for the time being with the BCB grounds committee chairman Mahbub Anam named as the convener.
The other members of the committee are — media and communications committee chairman Jalal Younus, facilities committee chairman Lokman Bhuiyan, disciplinary committee chairman Sheikh Sohel and purchase committee chairman Advocate Anwar Hossain.
‘The meeting was like an introductory meeting,’ Mahbub told reporters after the meeting.
‘We have sketched an outline to define how the stadium will be prepared. We will include some outside expertise in this committee. We will take some representatives from the BUET as well. Moreover, we are planning to take representatives from the auditors, lawyers,’ he said.
The proposed stadium is being billed as one of the best in the world by the BCB, which would include academy, playing field, swimming pool, gymnasium and indoor facilities with a capacity of 50,000-60,000.
‘BCB already created a miniature of the proposed stadium. Now we have to enlarge it. According to the plan, we will have an academy ground along with the main stadium. We are working on the plan now, and I think we cannot start the construction work before the coming winter,’ he said.
‘We are working on the details plan of everything of the proposed venue. In the meantime, we will complete the process of taking possession of the land which will boost the progress of our work.’
Earlier, the board acquired 37.47 acre land from the government in Purbachal for the stadium with a symbolic price.
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