Change in design leads to another delay
Now, the Haryana State Sports Complex will be complete only by June 30
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.