Tripura: Synthetic turf football ground inaugurated in Agartala
The synthetic turf football ground was inaugurated on Friday

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha inaugurated the state’s second synthetic turf at Umakanta Academy football ground here on Friday.

He also laid the foundation stone for floodlights at the ground, which is expected to be installed at a cost of Rs 3.28 crores.

An amount of Rs 5 crores was spent to lay the synthetic turf at the UK ground.

Deputy Chief Minister Jishunu Dev Varma, Sports Minister Sushanta Chowdhury and Olympian Deepa Karmakar were among those present at the inauguration function.

Addressing the gathering, Saha said it is very difficult to develop talent without the required infrastructure, and the government has been making all efforts for it.

“The government has set a target to lay synthetic turf in five grounds to provide the best possible facilities to the players. One has been inaugurated, and the remaining four will be opened by the end of November,” he said.

Maintaining that the Northeastern state has no dearth of sports talents, Saha appealed to the youth to take up sports activities as the government gives priority to it.

In September last year, then chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb had inaugurated the first synthetic turf of the state at Chandrapur school ground in Gomati district.

The sports minister said that the Centre had turned down the funding proposal for laying the synthetic turfs, but the state government has arranged Rs 20 crore for the project.

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