Sector 12 indoor stadium work on in full swing
The construction of the indoor stadium in Sector 12 has gathered momentum. The officials supervising the project are hopeful that the structure of the stadium will be raised by November. The project is likely to be completed by the end of June next year.
The project is likely to be completed by the end of June next year.
The civil work on the longshelved plan of an indoor stadium in the Haryana State Sports Complex, Sector 12, began in mid-August. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is entrusted with the revival job. The stadium will have the facilities for more than a dozen indoor sporting activities.
The upgradation of the sports complex in Sector 12 had been envisaged by the then Deputy Commissioner, Fariadabad, BK Banigrahi in 1995.
In fact, the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad had started the construction of the indoor stadium through the Uttar Pradesh Bridge Corporation and spent Rs 65 lakh on the project. But due to a change in the design arising out of the increase in the sports activities, the project was left halfway through.
HUDA is going to construct the multi-purpose indoor stadium with facilities for badminton, table tennis, judo, karate, volleyball, basketball, fencing, kabaddi, kho-kho, gymnastics, weightlifting and boxing.
HUDA executive engineer Rajiv Sharma said the estimated cost of the project is Rs 17.04 crore. "The work has already begun in full swing and the truss structure is being prepared for connecting the columns. Tenders worth Rs 12.5 crore have already been invited for civil work. Hopefully, the civil structure will be raised by November," he said.
Sharma said though the work on the indoor stadium has to be completed in 12 months from the date of commencement but it is likely to be completed in advance.
Sharma said the playing arena in the indoor stadium will be 140x95 ft with a seating arrangement for more than 300. "The stadium will have four entry and exit points with ticket kiosks there. There will also be toilet blocks near each entry. The flooring of the indoor stadium will be wooden meeting Santosh Aggarwal, kickboxing coach the international standards," he said.
With the indoor stadium in Sector 12, sportspersons will heave a sigh of relief. As of now, those pursuing boxing have to go all the way to a private school in Ballabgarh and those pursuing badminton are going to the sports complex in Neighbourhood-3.
Sharma said the district sports and youth welfare officer, Faridabad was consulted before making provisions for various sports activities.
"It will definitely improve the facilities for the sportspersons," said Santosh Aggarwal, a kickboxing coach and international referee.
Sharma said the existing structure of the indoor stadium in the sports complex is not being dismantled to avoid wastage of money. "The existing structure will be used for making offices and toilet block. The structure will not be used for any such purpose that will put load on it," he said.