Relocation of National Games village, a good idea?

The conversion of the NGV could have contributed immensely to the development of the area.

The 35th National Games kicked off in an ambience filled with high spirit and enthusiasm. However the benefits of sports infrastructure are now in question.

The 365 prefabricated dwelling units Games Village at Menamkulam has nothing much to offer, if the government decides to relocate the village after the ongoing National Games.

The residents of Menamkulam were hoping that the National Games Village would be converted to a housing colony, as it happened after the previous Games.

“We thought the NGV will be made a housing colony as it happened in other States. The conversion of the NGV could have contributed immensely to the development of the area. The decision to dismantle and relocate the unit has come as a shock to us,” Kadinamkulam panchayat vice president Surendran said to The Hindu.

The National Games Village is constructed at a cost of Rs.60 crore including setting up of power lines and water connection. The major benefit for the residents is the uninterrupted water supply, in place of the present thrice-in-a-week supply pattern. Also the roads in the area had been repaired and improved.

All the utility services will vanish if the government relocates the Village. Dismantling of the entire dwelling unit, lawns, gardens and electric lines would also be a sheer waste of public money. If the Games village is retained, it will benefit the people residing nearby and unwanted expenditure can be avoided.

It is learnt that, government has taken only an in-principle decision in this regard.

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