As the Gujarat government looks forward to hosting the 2036 National Olympics in Ahmedabad, the AUDA (Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority) pinpointed 9.5 Lakh sq meters of land at Bhat village for the two towns planning scheme.
The land found by AUDA under the town planning comes in schemes 238 and 80. Moreover, they belong to various governmental institutions like Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), Sardar Sarovar Nigam Ltd (SSNL) and Forest Department.
The Ahmedabad authorities aim to create the Olympic District comprising various infrastructures like sports facilities, sportsperson living quarters, and spectator hotels.
AUDA also plans on building an Olympic village and a sports training facility. They have a 200-acre land at Manipur-Godhavi near Bopal for the same. Gujarat Government also intends to construct Sardar Patel Sports Enclave on 236 acres of land on the premises of Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium.
According to the sources, AUDA has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to discover land for the Olympics. The firm reported existing sports facilities in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad and described their quality. It also mentioned the 9.5 Lakh sq meters of the area that was fit for Olympic use.
Speculations say that the Olympic Cell of AUDA shall acquire the land from the government department. It is also in its way to accumulating the deducted lands in the town planning schemes.
About a year ago, AUDA halted the lease or sale of government lands in ten villages. They include Bhat, Sughad, Motera, Koteshwar, and others. AUDA requested the Ahmedabad Collector not to proceed with any land transfers involving government areas.
Meanwhile, the land received by SSNL for Narmada canal work remains vacant due to the project’s termination. As per the sources, GIDC and SSNL have 7.5 Lakhs sq meters of land in the town planning schemes.