New Islamabad Cricket Stadium in the Capital Soon
Pakistan will begin building a shiny new stadium in Islamabad one year from now, a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Wednesday. Shafqat Naghmi, PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, told this reporter that the board marked a MoU with the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday in regards to the undertaking.
Islamabad Cricket Stadium
Islamabad Cricket Stadium is Under Construction ?
Yes, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is constructing a new stadium in Islamabad Shakar Parian side, as an alternative to the nearby Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium which is currently under the control of Govt. of Punjab.
Is there any Cricket Stadium in Islamabad ?
Yes, But it is under construction in Islamabad Shakar Parian. Shakarparian is the central forest area of the capital and is often referred to as the “heart of the city”
Seating Capacity of Islamabad Cricket Stadium ?
Initial plans suggested that the stadium will have a seating capacity of 50,000 people, a cricket academy, a five-star hotel, and other related facilities.
Project funding for Islamabad Cricket Stadium ?
Project funding for Islamabad Cricket Stadium is (Rs. 2 billion) at stake.
Final Decision Taken to Build A Cricket Stadium in Islamabad
All important offices appear to have gone to an understanding and a choice has been taken to build up the primary cricket stadium in Islamabad. The task for building a stadium in the capital city has been forthcoming for almost 10 years now.
As per reports, after a few conversations, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has chosen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) permitting it to build a cricket stadium around there.
Following the culmination of the venture and the development of the stadium, CDA will be qualified for 30% while the cricket board will get the excess 70% of the profit through homegrown and worldwide games at the stadium.
As of now, there is no state-claimed cricket stadium or foundation in the capital city and every nearby matches or trainings are done at Diamond Club ground or some other club-possessed stadiums.
A year ago, CDA repudiated the PCB’s rent for the development of the stadium and would not issue a NOC. In 2008, CDA had assigned 40 sections of land of land to the PCB for a very long time. PCB made no endeavor to develop a stadium for the following five years which constrained CDA to drop the apportioned land.
Substantial Concerns Against the Stadium
The Islamabad cricket stadium has gotten a great deal of negative analysis over the area of the venture. Shakarparian is the focal timberland space of the capital and is frequently alluded to as the “heart of the city”. With deforestation previously negatively affecting the capital looking like expanding temperatures and dropping water levels, the foundation of a stadium in the woodland region has been dismissed by individuals.
Former ICC President, Ehsan Mani, has rejected the idea of a stadium in Islamabad. He says:
“Islamabad does not have a big population and doesn’t need a big stadium which will become a white elephant. [Large stadiums] are often economically nonviable and difficult to maintain.”
Mani argues that constructing a stadium in Shakarparian will irreparably harm the federal capital and severely harm the environment. According to the former ICC executive, if the board wants a larger stadium, it should rebuild the Pindi Stadium, which is only 6 kilometres away from Shakarparian.
The Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) and the National Council for Conservation of Wildlife (NCCW) have both been vocal opponents of the project since its inception. According to these organisations, the planned stadium location comes under the authority of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP), and such a project would be a breach of the Islamabad Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation, and Management) Act.