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It seems astonishing, but already two cricketing bodies are stepping out of their respective creases to make a bold stroke at the Tarouba stadium. Former batsman and current T&T Cricket Board CEO Suruj Ragoonath believes that the stadium should be handed over to his organisation on completion, while Secondary Schools Cricket League president Sookhoo Sonilal has gone to bat to make the unfinished structure a home for the league.
What’s provoking this sudden surge in interest in putting the Tarouba stadium to productive use? The announcement by Dr Roodal Moonilal, Minister of Housing, on the status of the building estimates that a $185 million investment will bring the long overdue structure into use as a sporting facility.
The sum of $185 million, half the original estimate for the project, may seem a stunning amount to plough into the lingering failure that is the Tarouba stadium, but the Government is faced with the reality of a $1.1 billion dollar investment in taxpayer's money in the ill-fated project. After missing its mission critical deadline for completion in 2007 as part of the local package for the Caribbean hosting of the ICC World Cup Cricket tournament, the Tarouba Stadium has lain idle.
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