Lahore soon to get a Sports City

LAHORE, July 14: The Punjab government on Friday signed an agreement with a leading Abu Dhabi group of companies headed by Abdur Rehman Bukhatar for the establishment of a sports city spread over 3,000 acres of Ravi siphon land in Lahore.

Stadia and other related facilities for all major sports like football, hockey, cricket, tennis and golf would be constructed over one-third of the total land in the next four years. Around 10,000 world-class modern homes or flats would also be built for 200,000 people. The first of its kind in Asia, the project would be completed at a cost of Rs120 billion. And the city would provide Rs12 to Rs13 billion to the government of Pakistan in taxes in the first four years. The sports city would be three times bigger than the one in Dubai and in addition to a large labour force, 2,000 people having related specialties were being engaged to launch the project immediately.

The sports city would also have shopping malls where Pakistani goods, particularly relating to sports, would be offered for sale. Foreign experts of different sports would also be engaged in coaching and training. International matches of different sports would be held, making the city focus of attention of the world sports.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said such a huge investment in Punjab by worldrenowned personages like Mr Bukhatar was a historic event. Establishment of the sports city reflected foreign investors’ confi dence in President Musharraf and the provincial government. He said after the establishment of the sports city, international sports events, including the Commonwealth Games, could be organised here. Such events would also help promote tourism not only in Punjab but also all over the country.

The chief minister said Pakistan had extraordinary sports talent, which was wasted because of lack of training facilities. With the establishment of the sports city this talent could be utilised to the fullest and Pakistani sportsmen could be able to won recognition for the country at the world level. He said the sports city would generate economic activity at a large scale, not only promoting sports in the country but also creating employment opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Mr Bukhatar said separate arenas would be built for major sports like football, hockey, cricket and tennis. The place would become world attraction as far as sports facilities and training of players was concerned.

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11 Comments so far

  1. Dr.Shamshad (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    Oh yes ofcourse. Thats what Pakistan needs. A Rs.120 billion sports city rather than electricity and water in Karachi the major port city or perhaps rebuilding after the earthquake or some disaster relief authority.

  2. Haseeb (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    And then the chief minister said.. ” i can smell shit. Wait a minute.. this smells like my shit. May be becuase I have my head up my arse.”

  3. sh (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

    Dr. Shahshad dnt be ignorant, if you can be a docter then also you must have senses, please use them.

    how can the gov. force Mr.Bukhatar to throw away his money to help pakistan get rid of electricity and water problems. thats the gov. responsibilty.

    if you are so concerend why dnt you sell you house and give all your money away to oversome these problems instead of hoping Mr.Bukhatar or someother businessman will do so.

    we should be thankful to people like Mr.Bukhatar for choosing pakistan to invest in and make a sports city in the country.

    It people like you who cry that pakistan gets no foreign investment and when they do they oppose them, if you care so much about the problems maybe you should do something about them instead of telling a foregner to abort his business venture and fix the problems first,

    its main reason why everyone chooses india as a investment destination and not pakistan because of people like you.

  4. Opee (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 5:51 am

    Very well said ‘SH’. Some people have nothing but negative thinking!

  5. Dr.Shamshad (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 8:58 am

    Grow up SH.

    All this is wishful thinking in a land where ppl do not have the basic needs and the country does not have the infrastructure to support its growth. And no doubt 50% of this will go to corrupt individuals *IF* there is any investment.

    And I agree that Pakistan has lots of talent but the main reason why ppl choose India is because of its stability i.e. less sectarian voilence, no bomb blasts on foreign franchises, bigger consumer market (1.2 billion rather an 140 million) so read you economics books first.

    OPEE : Not being negative, just being a realist. Truth is bitter son.

  6. sh (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 8:12 pm

    Dr.Shamshad we all know who is the one who needs to grow up, people thinking like you have trashed the country apart.

    if you actully belive it is a country where people have no basic needs why are you after a forigner to make him put his money into this, its because of people like you that no one invests here. if you really care then like i said DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT YOURSELF. dnt depend on others and especially forginers to do it.

    and for your information 50% of this will go to its invester, not the gov. HAHAHAH what kind of comment is that, when a business is setup all profits go to its owners.

    and yes i agree with you that india has better stability, but why do you think, its common sense, they take and grab foregn investment with open hands and treat the investors like kings, thats why people love investing there which has created lots of high tech employment there and has led to a boom in there economy, so no its not me whos needs to a economics book its you.

    its people like you who have backwards thinking and are responsible for all the problems in pakistan. you sound like you are part of the punjab gov. or something.

  7. Dr.Shamshad (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

    SH your comments seem to be more emotional rather than rational which gives us the impression that you are still immature.

    So I shall reiterate, you need to grow up son.

  8. sh (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 9:15 pm

    Dr.Shamshad like i have said we all know who needs to grow up which is visable from your posts,instead of whining please try and counter my arguments, which can be seen that you cant.

    now instead of showing us how immature you are please stay on topic, as this is about’SPORTS CITY’ not your school canteen.

  9. Raza (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    SH and Dr. Shamshad – we appreciate your input on this topic but I would request that you please try to stay with the topic and not make it a personal war between the two of you. I think Hasan would agree with me on that too. Thanks…

  10. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

    Why we want to be pessimistic all the time; try to look at the brighter side of the picture. Such a project could generate hundreds if not thousands of jobs and provide citizens a venue for more productive activities. It could help rejuvinate interest in sports and promote healthy lifestyle among our fellows…

    And, I totally agree with Raza. Stay to the topic, please!

  11. yasra bano (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

    asalamu aliakum rahmatullah hi barakatuhu!
    i am very pleased with ur website and i realyy like it and can u please send some info about lahore and the map,shops,where and etc.etc!
    pleae i would b very happy if u do that

    take care


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