Sheikh Hasina Int’l Cricket Stadium to be built in 2.5 yrs
The Sheikh Hasina International Cricket Stadium, the proposed largest cricket stadium of Asia in terms of capacity of audiences with all modern facilities will be built within two and half years, which BCB Grounds committee chairman Mahbub Anam also the convener of the Project Implementation Committee (PIC), has confirmed on Saturday to media after the first meeting of the committee.
"We congregated for the first meeting of the project implementation committee today. It was an introductory meeting," Mahbub Anam said to journalist after the meeting.
The five-member PIC committee convened by Mahbub Anam includes BCB media and communications committee chairman Jalal Younus, facilities committee chairman Lokman Bhuiyan, disciplinary committee chairman Sheikh Sohel and purchase committee chairman Advocate Anwar Hossain. Three more specialists including a Civil Engineer from BUET, a CA and a Lawyer will be embedded in the committee.
"An outline has been sketched to define how we will make our plan. Some experts will be incorporated in this committee beside us. Representatives from BUET will be taken. We also shall have representatives among auditors, lawyers," he added.
The Boat, surname of the stadium with 50,000-60,000 capacity also will have the facility of academy, playing field, swimming pool, gymnasium, indoors facility. The stadium will be built on 37.47 acres of land in Purbachal, which BCB has already got from the Government at a symbolic price.
"Honorable Prime Minister allocated this land to BCB via Rajuk at a symbolic price. We shall work to get possession of the field by this month. The work will be accelerated after getting the possession," Anam revealed.
"We are expecting to build a stadium as one of the most beautiful in the World. We have scope to do many things around it since it's a 'Green Field' stadium. We converted Mirp0ur as a cricket stadium. So, we shall follow international procedures maintain transparency in appointing expert consultancy firms, who have work on stadiums earlier," the BCB official explained.
Considering the rough weather of Summer and Rainy seasons the physical work of the stadium will begin in winter as informed by Anam. "BCB already made a concept drawing. (We are working) to enlarge the drawing and detailed out what things need to be incorporated including dressing room," he clarified.
"There shall be a stadium and an academic ground which means we will get two fields there. BCB already decides these. We have 37 acres of land and we are thinking on what are the probable things to make here. We shall follow the architectural design properly," the convenor of the PIC clued up about the possible outline of the stadium.
To answer a question on whether the official activities of BCB will be transferred from Sher-e-Bangla stadium to the new one he said, "BCB will decide on it later. I don't think that the necessity of this ground will come to an end. It's an international Cricket ground. It'll be maintained accordingly"
"Expecting to complete the work within two years after starting the works. But hopefully, it'll be finished by two and a half years," he hoped.