To professionally develop the Kanchenjungha Stadium in Siliguri, the Siliguri stadium committee, which was in charge of the stadium since 1981, has decided to hand over the management of the biggest outdoor sports venue in north Bengal to the state government.

Sub-divisional officer of Siliguri, Shiraj Daneshyar, told this correspondent here on Sunday that the existing committee members on Sunday unanimously resolved to hand over the stadium to the state government, as it was increasingly becoming impossible for the committee to develop the stadium to meet longterm needs.

“The Kanchenjungha stadium is fast becoming an important sporting venue. We need to upgrade the infrastructure professionally. We must develop the ground, stands, dressing rooms, practice and lighting facilities urgently. We have, therefore, decided that the management of the stadium must be immediately handed over to a specialized agency or a nodal department of the government.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the members on Sunday and we have sent the resolution to the honourable district magistrate of Darjeeling, Ms Joyoshi Das Gupta, who is also the chairman of the committee, for her final approval after which the government will hand over the stadium to an appropriate government agency or department,” said Mr Daneshyar, who is also the secretary of the committee.