Change in de­sign leads to an­other de­lay

Now, the Haryana State Sports Com­plex will be com­plete only by June 30

HT Estates - - HTCLASSIFIEDS - Pawan Pan­dita

The com­ple­tion of the in­door sta­dium in the Haryana State Sports Com­plex in Sec­tor 12 has got de­layed ow­ing to the de­ci­sion of the au­thor­i­ties to avoid waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture and unan­ticip at e d ch a n g e in de­sign. Sportsper­sons who had been ea­gerly wait­ing for it are dis­ap­pointed.

Af­ter miss­ing the De­cem­ber 31 dead­line last year, the in­door sta­dium is go­ing to be ready only by June 30, claim of­fi­cials of Haryana Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Author­ity (HUDA).

The con­struc­tion of the in­door sta­dium in Sec­tor 12 gath­ered mo­men­tum in Novem­ber 2013. Of­fi­cials su­per­vis­ing the project were hope­ful that the struc­ture of the sta­dium would be raised in one year. The dead­line was re­vised fur­ther and now the civil work of the in­door sta­dium is likely to be com­pleted by June 30 be­fore it is handed over to the Haryana Sports and Youth Wel­fare Depart­ment.

HUDA is con­struct­ing the mul­ti­pur­pose in­door sta­dium with fa­cil­i­ties for sports such as bad­minton, ta­ble ten­nis, judo, karate, vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball, fenc­ing, kabaddi, kho-kho, gym­nas­tics, weightlift­ing and boxing.

The upgra­da­tion of the sports com­plex in Sec­tor 12 had been en­vis­aged by the then deputy com­mis­sioner, Farid­abad BK Pan­i­grahi in 1995. In f act, Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Farid­abad (MCF) had started the con­struc­tion of the in­door sta­dium through the Ut­tar Pradesh Bridge Cor­po­ra­tion and spent Rs 65 lakh on the project. But the project was left half way through due to the change in the de­sign aris­ing out of t he in­crease in sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

Giv­ing rea­sons for the de­lay, HUDA ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Ra­jiv Sharma said, "Forty per cent of the work has been com­pleted. The height of the col­umns is 65 foot and the work is to be done in stages. There are 16 col­umns. Safety of the struc­ture is of para­mount im­por­tance. Keep­ing this in view, the is­sues per­tain­ing to draw­ings and de­sign were re­solved with tech­ni­cal ad­vice of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Ku­ruk­shetra. By the end of the month, a con­sid­er­able part of the struc­ture will be vis­i­ble."

The es­ti­mated cost of the project is Rs 17.04. The truss struc­ture is also ready for con­nect­ing the col­umns. Ten­ders worth Rs 12.5 crore have al­ready been in­vited for civil work be­sides sep­a­rate ten­ders for air­con­di­tion­ing and fire-fight­ing work in and around the sports com­plex struc­ture.

The ex­ist­ing struc­ture of the in­door sta­dium in the sports com­plex was not dis­man­tled to check the wastage of money al­ready spent. The ex­ist­ing struc­ture was to be used for mak­ing of­fices and a toi­let block. It will not be used for any pur­pose that might put load on it.

The play­ing arena in the in­door sta­dium will be 140'x95' with a seat­ing ar­range­ment for over 300 spec­ta­tors. The sta­dium will have four en­try and exit points in all the four di­rec­tions with ticket kiosks. There will also be toi­let blocks near each en­try. The floor­ing of the in­door sta­dium will be wooden, meet­ing the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

BS Chaprana, na­tional kabaddi coach for ju­niors said the de­lay in the com­ple­tion of the dis­trict in­door sta­dium is de­priv­ing sportsper­sons of good coach­ing and play­ing fa­cil­i­ties. It should be com­pleted sooner than later, he added.

With the com­ing up of the in­door sta­dium with all th­ese fa­cil­i­ties in the sports com­plex in Sec­tor 12, sportsper­sons pur­su­ing all th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties 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 in­ter­ested in bad­minton go to the sports com­plex in Neigh­bour­hood-3.The same holds good for var­i­ous other sports. Tak­ing one more step to­wards e- gov­er­nance that not only re­duces time taken in com­plet­ing a process but also curbs corr u pt i on, Haryana Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Author­ity (HUDA) has started on­line ap­proval of build­ing plan in the ar­eas fall­ing un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion.

Plot hold­ers and their ar­chi­tects had to make rounds of HUDA of­fice for get­ting build­ing plans ap­proved. Un­scrupu­lous HUDA em­ploy­ees would ha­rass the alot­tees and get their build­ing plans ap­proved for some fi­nan­cial con­sid­er­a­tion. Some al­lot­tees would also get their build­ing plans ap­proved in vi­o­la­tion of the HUDA build­ing by­laws by greas­ing the palms of the of­fi­cials. How­ever, the on­line fa­cil­ity will put an end to all th­ese prac­tices.

Ad­dress­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with the deputy com­mis­sioner, Dr Amit Ku­mar Agrawal and com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Farid­abad, Sub­hash Ya­dav about the gov­ern­ment's plan to end cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment of­fices through in­for­ma­tion t ech­nol­ogy, HUDA ad­min­is­tra­tor, PC Meena told me­di­a­per­sons last Satur­day that the author­ity has launched the on­line ap­proval fa­cil­ity.

Meena said man­ual sub­mis­sion of the build­ing plan in HUDA of­fice has been done away with and an al­lot­tee will have to sub­mit t he build­ing plan through an ar­chi­tect for ob­tain­ing ap­proval.

Fif­teen ar­chi­tects from the city were given train­ing about the same by the IT Cell in­charge Piyush Verma on Mon­day in the HUDA of­fice, Sec­tor 12. The ar­chi­tects have been given user ID and pass­words for them to go ahead with the sub­mis­sion of the build­ing plan on the HUDA web­site. Sev­eral ar­chi­tects sub­mit­ted the build­ing plans for their clients the same day.

Verma said the ap­pli­ca­tion for the ap­proval of the build­ing plan will be re­jected im­me­di­ately if any dis­crep­ancy is found in it as per the spe­cial soft­ware pre­pared for the same and the rea­sons for not ap­prov­ing the build­ing plan will also be in­formed to the ap­pli­cant. If the build­ing plan is found to be in or­der, im­me­di­ate ac­tion would be taken to com­plete the process to grant ap­proval for the build­ing plan the same day, he added.

The truss struc­ture is also get­ting ready for con­nect­ing the col­umns.

Man­ual sub­mis­sion of the build­ing plan in HUDA of­fice has been done away with.

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