THERE IS no slot in sight for a minimum of 15 years, and it’s a really lengthy shot. However Ahmedabad, it seems, goes for it.
On Tuesday, town’s growth authority invited proposals from consultants to evaluate venues and infrastructure to host the Olympic Video games.
“…Technically sound and skilled consulting engineering corporations for appointment of technical help guide/ company for evaluation of sports activities and non sports activities venues and metropolis infrastructure for internet hosting the Olympic Video games,” mentioned a newspaper commercial issued by Ahmedabad City Growth Authority (AUDA).
In accordance with the commercial, the challenge will likely be collectively executed by AUDA, Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) and the Gujarat authorities.
“With the purpose of constructing Ahmedabad a world sports activities vacation spot that may host occasions like Olympics, Asiad and Commonwealth Video games, the consultants will likely be requested to establish infrastructural gaps, necessities for worldwide sports activities occasions and a means ahead,” AUDA chairman and Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar instructed The Indian Express.
The tender particulars are additionally listed on the e-procurement web site managed by Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemical substances Restricted (GNFC), which is promoted by the state authorities. The guide is required to finish a “hole evaluation” and submit a report inside three-and-a-half months.
“A pre-bid assembly has been scheduled on the AUDA headquarters for queries, if any. The final date to use is June 24 and the preliminary and technical stage for opening of bids is June 25,” mentioned AUDA government engineer Jatin Kapadiya.
The push comes three months after President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket venue, within the metropolis on February 24. On the time, officers had additionally unveiled plans to construct an unlimited sports activities advanced with Union Residence Minister Amit Shah saying it has the potential to host the Olympics.
“The sports activities advanced at Motera of which Narendra Modi stadium is part and the brand new sports activities advanced at Naranpura will assist Ahmedabad to host any worldwide occasion just like the Commonwealth Video games, Asian Video games or Olympics,” Shah had mentioned.
There’s nonetheless fairly some strategy to go, although.
After Tokyo this yr, host cities have already been lined up for the following three Olympics — Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane, which is about to be introduced as host of the 2032 Video games.
India has twice thrown its hat within the ring — as soon as for the 2024 version after which for the 2032 Video games — however couldn’t put collectively a bid.
In March, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had pledged to launch a bid for the 2048 Olympics to mark 100 years of India’s independence. Quickly after, the Indian Olympic Affiliation president Narinder Batra had urged Ahmedabad, too, might be thought of for the 2036 or 2040 version.
Rebuilt at a price of roughly Rs 800 crore, the 1.13-lakh capability Narendra Modi Stadium is a part of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports activities Enclave that’s unfold over 215 acres. Whereas the stadium additionally homes 55 rooms within the clubhouse, the advanced has a 3D mini theatre, an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, steam and sauna, and squash courts.
In accordance with sources, the estimated price of the enclave is Rs 4,600 crore whereas the whole challenge, together with hospitality and leisure, is slated to price as much as Rs 10,000 crore.