Madurai: Madurai MP Su Venkatesan has opposed the choice of the railways handy over 15 railway stadiums and sports activities complexes to Rail Land Improvement Authority (RLDA) for business growth and privatisation.
In a letter to railway minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday, the MP said that the transfer of the Railway Board within the letter dated Might 18, 2021, with regard to the sports activities complexes is anti-people and anti-national. “It contains the Integral Coach Manufacturing facility floor in Chennai,” he mentioned.
Venkatesan mentioned that Indian Railways is the only largest sports activities entity having 50% worldwide gamers and one third of medal winners. “Most of them are from the backward and weaker sections of the society who sprung up in sports activities and introduced laurels to India resulting from accessibility of sports activities services and infrastructure in Indian Railways to frequent workers,” he mentioned.
The MP identified that M S Dhoni and P T Usha had been drawn from the ticket checking class. He famous that 13 of the 21 Olympic medals India received are by sportspersons within the railways. Railways additionally produced Arjun awardees like Sushil Kumar (wrestling), Baskaran (hockey), S Baskaran (bodybuilding), Vellasamy (weightlifting), Rajarathnam (kabaddi), Jaganathan (desk tennis) and Tamil Selvan (bodybuilding).
“All these have been doable due to free accessibility of huge sports activities infrastructure to frequent women and men workers within the railways, which is in any other case not out there them. Amidst the pandemic, two days in the past Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed preparedness of our athletes who’re making ready for the Tokyo Olympics. The transfer of the railways is opposite to the significance given by the PM for sports activities growth,” he informed TOI.
He mentioned 15 stadiums had been talked about within the Railway Board letter and reiterated his demand of dropping the transfer of handing over sports activities stadiums and complexes to the RLDA.