Madurai MP opposes privatisation of railway stadiums and sports complexes | India News – Times of India

MADURAI: Madurai MP Su Venkatesan has opposed the choice of the railways at hand over 15 railway stadiums and sports complexes to Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) for industrial growth and privatisation.
In a letter to railway minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday, the MP said that the transfer of the Railway Board within the letter dated May 18, 2021, with regard to the sports complexes is anti-folks and anti-nationwide. “It includes the Integral Coach Factory ground in Chennai,” he mentioned.
Venkatesan mentioned that Indian Railways is the only largest sports entity having 50% worldwide gamers and one third of medal winners. “Most of them are from the backward and weaker sections of the society who sprung up in sports and brought laurels to India due to accessibility of sports facilities and infrastructure in Indian Railways to common employees,” he mentioned.
The MP identified that M S Dhoni and P T Usha have been drawn from the ticket checking class. He famous that 13 of the 21 Olympic medals India gained are by sportspersons within the railways. Railways additionally produced Arjun awardees like Sushil Kumar (wrestling), Baskaran (hockey), S Baskaran (bodybuilding), Vellasamy (weightlifting), Rajarathnam (kabaddi), Jaganathan (desk tennis) and Tamil Selvan (bodybuilding).
“All these have been possible because of free accessibility of large sports infrastructure to common men and women employees in the railways, which is otherwise not available them. Amidst the pandemic, two days ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed preparedness of our athletes who are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. The move of the railways is contrary to the importance given by the PM for sports development,” he instructed TOI.
He mentioned 15 stadiums have been talked about within the Railway Board letter.

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