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Major redevelopment proposed for Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the Indian city of Delhi is set to undergo major renovation work after a public-private partnership model was proposed for a redevelopment project.

Indian news agency PTI, citing a Request for Proposal issued by the Indian government, reports that the project would look to leverage the potential for mixed-use and real estate development around the stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000.

The project would serve the dual purpose of promoting the stadium as a premier sporting venue and making use of the free space surrounding the venue to maximise its commercial potential.

The redeveloped stadium complex would feature a 3.5-star accommodation facility, training facilities and other convention centres, along with basketball, badminton and table tennis facilities.

PTI, citing the RFP document, said that India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will undertake the redevelopment project through a public-private partnership on a “design, build, finance, operate and transfer” basis.

The project would cost Rs 7,853 crore (£816m/€910m/$1.037bn), according to a pre-feasibility study carried out by Ernst & Young. A feasibility study is now set to be carried out to determine technical and financial aspects of the project.

It is hoped the redevelopment will bring the stadium up to standards of the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, World Athletics and other international federations. India has expressed an interest in hosting the Youth Olympics in 2026, the Asian Games in 2030 and the Olympic Games in 2032, and it is hoped that the renovation of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would increase the country’s chances of staging these events.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium opened in 1983 and primarily serves as a football and athletics venue. The stadium was the main host venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

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