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Northeast Frontier Railway investing heavily in sports infrastructure throughout northeast India 

Half marathons in February are the beginning of a series of events scheduled in the region. 

A cricket stadium at Maligaon and a football ground at Pandu nearby are also being upgraded. | Photo Credit: Rahul Karmakar


The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is investing heavily in sports infrastructure in order to create elite athletes from a “large collection of talent”.

One of the goals is to improve the performance of athletes playing with the Indian Railways and increase the team strength of the national team officials stated.

“We have within the last six months constructed a gymnasium with international standards as well as a weightlifting area equipped with practice and competition platforms, a physiotherapy area for sportspeople, and an indoor cricket arena that includes bowling and Astroturf,” NFR’s General Manager Anshul Gupta stated.

The facilities are located around the NFR headquarters, which is located in Guwahati’s Maligaon which is where a multi-purpose stadium is being constructed. The stadium will feature an artificial track with six lanes and a boxing ring as well as a basketball, and archery along with a volleyball and basketball court.
A cricket field in Maligaon and a football stadium located in Pandu close by are also being renovated.
“We have also started a multi-purpose stadium project in the eastern part of Assam’s Dibrugarh and construction on developing the National Centre of Excellence, which is a joint venture together with Sports Authority of India at Cooch Behar, in northwestern West Bengal] is in development,” Mr. Gupta stated.
It is estimated that the Cooch Behar facility, estimated to cost about Rs300 crore will be able to support 11 disciplines.
“The NFR is not neglecting the other northeastern States that aren’t even visible on the railway map of the country. Joint ventures are being created with the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Mizoram to create a multi-purpose sports complex in each of them,” Rajiv Mahajan, president of the NFR Sports Association said.
There are more than 2,000 children and youths from the region undergoing training at the NFR’s existing sports facilities, he added.
The first major event to underline the NFR’s thrust on “empowering sportspersons” in the northeast is the first-ever series of half-marathons scheduled on February 5. The half-marathons would be organized in Guwahati, Darjeeling, Tawang, and Gangtok.
About 3,000 runners from across India are expected to participate in the half-marathons for a total prize money of ₹11 lahks, NFR officials said.

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