Pune:With 'Sahara Pune Warriors' set to join the Indian Premier League bandwagon next year, the construction works at the Maharashtra Cricket Association's (MCA) International Centre has gathered speed.
The stadium, located just three kms from Pune-Mumbai Expressway near village Gahunje, is being built conforming to world standard facilities across 40 acres of land with an investment of Rs 270 crore. On completion, the stadium would host nine matches of IPL 4 next year.
MCA President Ajay Shirke said that the under construction stadium named 'MCA Pune International Cricket Centre' would have as many as 17 wickets out of which five would be used for big matches.
The new stadium will have about 56,000 seating capacity and efforts are being made to have a dedicated transport service in view of the long distance from the city which also houses 'Nehru Stadium' where the last international fixture against Sri Lanka was held in 2001.
"Clean sightlines will be one of the prominent features of this stadium where spectators irrespective of their ticket class, will be able to view the matches without blocking of vision by those sitting in the next rows," Shirke said.
Representatives of the Sahara group which have bought the Pune IPL franchise for a whooping Rs 1706 crore, have been making a periodical inspection of the MCA international stadium construction work, Shirke said.
A spokesman of the group said they were hopeful that the project would be completed by the deadline set for March 2011.
The MCA is also expected to make a proposal to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for construction of a fly-over from the Pune-Mumbai expressway linking the stadium directly for easy transportation.
For two-wheelers, construction of an alternative road too is under consideration.
Interestingly, it is not just spectators whose comfort is being taken care of in the stadium's "aesthetic" design.
According to MCA president, the sniffer dog squad that is customarily deployed at stadium for security checks, too would have a reason to be happy.
"After the security checks are over, the dogs are hardly attended properly. The MCA stadium will have a kennel to look after canine friends!".