Kolkata / UNI: Merlin Group, a real estate group based in Kolkata, plans to invest 2,000 crore rupees in a sports-themed township in the Rajarhat-Bishnupur region called “RISE-Sports Republic”.
RISE Premier League (RPL), a corporate football league, is the kick-off for the next canton of Merlin.
Actress Raima Sen also graced the occasion and unveiled RPL’s logo and jersey with Merlin Group Managing Director Saket Mohta, and veteran footballers such as Manas Bhattacharya and Biswajit Bhattacharya.
The two-day soccer league will see 16 participating teams from companies such as TCS, Genpact, Wipro, Cognizant and the Merlin Group compete against each other.
The event will be followed by two exhibition matches in the Rajarhat Choumatha region on October 23 and 24.
The sports township will be developed to provide world-class sports infrastructure in Calcutta, a senior company official said.
Saket Mohta said: “Kolkata has always been home to various sports with football being the most popular sport in Bengal. But there is a dearth of adequate sports infrastructure in the city that can identify and train budding talent. As responsible corporate citizens of Kolkata, we felt the need to contribute to the sporting glory and heritage of the city.
“The biggest challenge facing most of the well-known clubs as well as the city’s football academies is infrastructure. The lack of proper facilities has always concerned me as a sports enthusiast. Republic “aims to realize this vision of the Merlin Group.”