Great news for cricket buffs in the region. There’s going to be another cricket stadium in Mohali district, in Mullanpur also known as New Chandigarh. The construction has already started and a boundary wall has already come up.
What adds to its grandeur is its stature and facilities to be provided here.
- It is going to be a world-class cricket stadium.
- It will be built in two phases and planned to be ready by 2020.
- It is going to be three times bigger than PCA, Mohali, spread in 40 acres of land.
- There is also going to be a leisure area along.
- The new stadia will boast three grounds for matches and practice.
- There will be a state-of-the-art cricket academy which will attract trainees from associate and affiliated members of the ICC
- While the seating capacity in PCA Mohali is nearly 27,000, the Mullanpur facility can accommodate 38,000 spectators.
- There will be an independent players pavilion, which will be located on the first floor.
- Besides, a corporate pavilion will also be set up, media block will come up in the north pavilion and there will be two general stands.
- The Mullanpur stadium will have sub-surface drainage, which the existing PCA stadium lacks, meaning the ground will be dry within 30 minutes of a heavy downpour.
- The stadium will have rain water harvesting and solar panels making it environmentally friendly.
- “There will be a total of sixteen gates and the new facility will be disabled friendly
- The stadium will have its own sewerage treatment plant.
- As against 18 flood lights installed in the Mohali stadium due to height restrictions, the Mullanpur facility will have 4-6 flood light pillars.
The total cost for building the first phase of the stadium, which is coming up in Togan and Tira villages, is approximately Rs 150 crore. After the completion of the first phase the matches can be hosted.
Major problem in PCA, Mohali, which was built in 1992, is the lack of proper parking. Being located in the heart of residential colony, any match here becomes a nightmare for the residents.
But, new stadium in Mullanpur will have no such problem. Cricket lovers rejoice!