Ahmedabad: Manipur-Godhavi set to get 200-acre Olympics village & training facilities

As part of the state government’s ambitious Rs 4,118 crore project to create sports facilities in and around Ahmedabad with an eye to hosting the 2036 Olympics, Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority has planned an Olympics village and training facilities on 200 acres of land at Manipur-Godhavi near Bopal.

Sources in AUDA said that as per earlier plans the government had planned a Games Village with apartments for sports persons in the periphery of Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Motera. However, as making changes in two TP schemes -TP 48 in Motera-Koteshwar and TP 21 in Sabarmati area -is taking time due to negotiations with plot owners, the authorities have decided to shift a major chunk of the planned games village to Manipur-Godhavi.

AUDA sources said that to obtain land without any additional cost, the authority has planned to collect deducted pockets of land as per the town planning norms from various TP schemes located in around 400 ha land in Manipur-Godhavi area.

This accumulated land will be around 200 acres on which the authority will build apartments,
gyms and training facilities for sportspersons. “We have stopped issuing development plans on this 400 ha land which includes TP scheme 429 and surrounding land to collect the necessary land parcels to set up these sports facilities,” an AUDA official said in terms of anonymity. The state government plans to sell these apartments to people after the Olympics are over and the estimated 12,500 guests from all around the world leave. In the games village, including the sports enclave, parking space has been planned to
accommodate 7,500 cars and 15,000 two-wheelers. A year ago, the state government had planned to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle for this 4,118 crore project. The SPV will be between the Sports Authority of India and the AUDA. Both these bodies will be the nodal authorities. As per earlier plans, around 3,000 apartments, with two to four bedrooms, were to be built for the athletes at the games village in Motera.
Sources said that most of these apartments are likely to be shifted in the 200 acre land being
accumulated at Manipur-Godhavi. The state government set up some apartments at Motera but
most will come up at the newly identified area.

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