The desire of Ahmedabad city to host the Olympics soon may be taking on a more tangible form. Two affluent clubs in the city, Karnavati and Rajpath, plan to construct Olympic-caliber sporting facilities at their brand-new locations that will soon be built outside the city.
The creation of new facilities has received approval from the state government. The clubs purchased the land two years prior, and they submitted their designs for construction early this year. However, because the land tracts are in agricultural zones, AUDA had to submit the plans to the state government under the “special category” because the clubs desired certain relaxation in the norms pertaining to FSI, deduction, margin, etc.
On enormous property tracts just outside the municipal limits, the two clubs are constructing their new facilities. In the Kalol taluka’s Mulsana village, the Karnavati Club purchased more than 2 lakh square yards of the property, and the Rajpath Club acquired a 1.50 sq mt land chunk in Vyana. The location is around 20 kilometres from the nearby clubs on the SG Highway.
Following state approval for construction, the clubs have submitted their designs for AUDA authorization. The two clubs’ expansive new facilities were planned under the state government’s three-year-old “hotel and commercial” category. The clubs were given special attention because they couldn’t fit in the “township or high-rise” category.
“Karnavati and Rajpath Club have both put up plans for approval. AUDA will inspect the spot and take necessary action. The two clubs started construction before they got approval from the state government and AUDA, so they will have to pay a penalty. The clubs will have to pay a 15 times penalty for scrutiny fees for violation of law,” a senior AUDA official said.
The Karnavati Club has created designs for its new location that include all contemporary conveniences. A Singapore-based company designed the new club. It will have full Olympic-caliber sporting amenities, including swimming pools, basketball and badminton courts, table tennis halls, etc.
On its side, Rajpath Club is concentrating on constructing better sports facilities at the new location. Club secretary Mishal Patel said, “There will be Olympic-size swimming pools, athletics tracks, badminton courts etc. This would help sportspersons from the city get training of international standards.” In addition, it will also have a new party plot and gardens.