Jaipur spruced up for Champions Trophy

Published: Monday, October 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Jaipur:With the ICC Champions all set to unfold here on Oct 11, the city gripped with cricket fever, is currently on a beautification overdrive.

The state government and Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) are leaving, no stone unturned to get the city in shape before the cricket stars and officials descend here.

Jaipur will be hosting six matches in the ICC Champions trophy including a semi-final and a biggie between India and England fixed for Oct 15 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, which has been renovated and given a facelift.

The roads leading from the airport to the stadium are being given a fresh coat of paint. Labourers are working overtime to complete the dividers on the road. Intricate iron railings are also being put up on the dividers and footpaths leading to the stadium.

Care is being taken to impart the city a modern look, keeping its heritage look intact for attracting more tourists and cricket-lovers to this already famous place.

Encroachments on the road including milk booths, tea-stalls and small shops are being removed from the city's main thoroughfares Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Tonk Road, MI Road and on Sardar Patel Marg.

No encroachments are being allowed near the Neerja Modi School in Mansarover and K L Saini stadium where the teams will practice before the matches.

Beggars at the traffic lights, who often harass the common man, have been asked to clear off.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has been personally reviewing the city's cleanliness drive in the past week and has given instructions to keep the city spick and span for the championships.

She has also reviewed the stadium facilities inaugurating the new cricket academy built by Rajasthan Cricket Association at a cost of Rs7 crore. The academy has built rooms for the players, coaching room, gym and restaurant and library. The indoor academy nearby has a cricket turf specially imported from Australia, where the players can practice.

Security has also been tightened in the city for the matches.

Security at Hotel Rajputana Sheraton where most teams are likely to be put up have also been beefed up.

The Bangladesh team will be arriving in the city today.


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