Rawalpindi: The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) has decided to install the first artificial football playing surface on the ground of the Degree College for Boys 6th Road. The project will cost Rs40 million.

The turf, which will meet the FIFA standard and testing criteria, be imported from China.

According to PHA Director-General Muhammad Akram, under phase-1, Rs30 million has been approved by the city development committee to lay the turf ground and the project will be completed by 31 December.

Under the phase 2, Rs10 million will be released for installation of flood lights and construction of dressing and official rooms.

Akram said that the ground will be opened for local football clubs.