won't think twice about taking back land from Hyderabad Cricket Association: Minister of Sports V Srinivas Goud

Sports minister V Srinivas Goud said the state government would not hesitate to resume the land from HCA given to it to build the Uppal stadium . The land was given by the government to help promote sport and cricket enjoyment .

HYDERABAD: Sports minister V Srinivas Goud said the state government would not hesitate to resume the land from HCA given to it to build the Uppal stadium if it did not adhere and maintain transparency when selling match tickets the day after the stampede at Gymkhana stadium.In a statement to the Daily Mail, the minister said the government was unconvinced by HCA's approach to ticket sales and subsequent incidents.The land was given by the government to help promote sport and cricket enjoyment.If things are going wro-ng, the governm-ent cannot be a mute observer, he said.

Unexpected events such as a stampede on the Gymkhana ground will inevitably smear the city and state's image.We will not allow such incidents to occur again.According to him, we have sent a caution to the HCA staff.The government was keeping an eye on the HCA's progress, he said.

We have asked the HCA for information on ticket sales for the match on Sunday.If any irregularities are found, the government will take steps against the parties concerned, he cautioned.The TRS government has been given top priority to athletics and has devised a sports agenda to promote various sports and give incentives to sports personalities, according to the minister.The minister said that all government departments, including police, municipal administration, fire services, and other departments, were assisting the HCA in making foolproof plans for a smooth match operation.