KARACHI - Provincial Sports Minister Dr Muhammad Ali Shah has said that Sindh government is going to start construction of much-awaited Sports Complex at M.A. Jinnah Road, being delayed for more than 35 years due to various reasons depriving the citizens of state-of-the-art indoor games facilities. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of 1st CDGK Roller Skating National Championship as a chief guest at CDGK Sports Complex Kashmir Road on Friday, Dr Shah said that the construction of the Sports Complex at M. A. Jinnah Road was the longstanding demand of the sportsmen and sportswomen of the province but it was delayed due to various bureaucratic and political hurdles. Its construction work was started in 1973-74 but after completion of the basement and pillars, it was abandoned and since then subjected to unnecessary delay under one pretext or the other. Shah, who was also the president of Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) when took over the charge as provincial sports minister, felt that complications in developing the said Sports Complex should be resolved as soon as possible and the sports community in the province should not be further deprived of this facility. He said that the construction of Sports Complex would be an example of state-of-the-art project as according that would comprise on a six-storey building providing indoor games facility for the Olympic competitions. He said the land dispute was one of the main hurdles in the construction of the Sports Complex but it was now being resolved soon while the construction work would start in one or two months. He said that Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had played an important role in the revival of Sports Complex at M.A. Jinnah Road. He further said that the PC-1 of the project, including its model and map, has also been prepared and a Qatar-based construction company would develop the Sports Complex. Dr Shah informed the participating young Skaters of 1st CDGK Roller Skating National Championship that an international standard Skating Rink would also be developed at the complex besides all indoor gymnasiums. He said that the facility would also provide parking place for 2,500 vehicles at a time besides hostels to accommodate 200 athletes. He further said that the Sports Complex would also contain an electrical swimming pool. The minister added that a Roller Skating Rink would also be established at North Nazimabad Town in collaboration with the CDGK. EDO Community Development Department (CDD), Rehana Saif, thanked for the cooperation of provincial sports minister in developing the Skating rink at North Nazimabad Town and assured the CDD would identify the place for this purpose. She said that cooperation between the provincial sports ministry and the CDGK would further enhance the sports facilities.