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Published: Friday, February 27, 2004, 20:33 [IST]
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Railway Ministry gives nod for Ganguly's academy
Friday, February 27 2004 15:03 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:Railway Ministry gave the green signal to Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly for utilising the premises of Eastern Railway Sports Complex at Behala in South Kolkata for imparting scientific coaching to budding cricketers in his proposed academy.

The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting between Ganguly, Railway minister Nitish Kumar and Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay, who had earlier written to the Minister on the issue, at Rail Bhavan in New Delhi.

"The Railway Ministry has agreed to the proposal in principle, to permit the use of the facilities during the period when it remains free," Kumar said in a letter handed over to Bandyopadhyay.

"The facility for use by '22 Yards Sports (P) Ltd' for training young cricketers can be offered by the Railways subject to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be finalised by the Railways." Ganguly later said that the Minister has assured him that the formalities would be completed within a month.

"The academy will start functioning in a couple of months." Meanwhile, Railway Ministry sources said the MoU between the academy and the Ministry was likely to be signed by the first week of March.

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