Waugh submits master plan to Buddhadev

Published: Friday, May 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Furthering his business plans including the setting up of a mega Cricket City here,Australian cricketing legend Steve Waugh today submitted a master plan of his projects to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee.

The 'Cricket City', Waugh's dream project, is to be set up on over 400 acres at Rajarhat in the eastern outskirts of the metropolis.

A joint venture between Waugh and Mcquire Bank of Australia, Cricket City could include facilities such as a cricket academy, modern training amenities of internationalstandard for players and coaches, as also accommodation for those arriving here on cricket-related activities.

Bhattacharjee said that Waugh had submitted several proposals including setting up of Cricket City

"We are working on the proposals," he said, after a half hour meeting with the former Australian captain who was part of a five-member delegation of Mcquire Bank.

Waugh said he felt encouraged after meeting Bhattacharjee. "I have given him a master plan of the Cricket City to him."

Acknowledging his long-standing association with this city due to his close involvement with 'Udayan', a home for children of leprosy patients at Barrackpore, Waugh said thathe considered Kolkata as his 'second home'.

Waugh visited Rajarhat with state Urban Development minister Asok Bhattacharya in February to identify the locale for Cricket City. 05131526 A

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