Its overall budget more than doubled to Rs 1.54 crore, the world's third oldest football tournament -- the Durand Cup -- has hiked the winners' purse from Rs five lakh to Rs 20 lakh for its 124th edition to be held next month.
The overall budget of the tournament has gone up from Rs 43 lakh to Rs 1.54 crore.
While the runners-up will be rewarded with Rs 10 lakh, the third best team will get richer by Rs five lakh.
Defending champions Prayag United and Mumbai FC will be seen in action on the first day of the main round of the tournament, which starts here on October 4.
The main round matches, which starts on October 4, will be held under the floodlights and will be telecasted on DD Sports. The final will be held on October 15.
Though clubs like Dempo, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are not competing, the tournament will see defending champions Prayag United (earlier Chirag United), I-League champions Salgaocar, and Churchill Brothers vying for the top honours.