Sta­dium ready, where are sheds?

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Nidhi Bhanot ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

Af­ter hav­ing missed pre­vi­ous dead­lines, the ren­o­va­tion work of Prithipal Hockey Sta­dium is on the verge of com­ple­tion. Even though the sta­dium seems to be ready to hold tour­na­ments from the first week of Oc­to­ber, the sports depart­ment hasn't erected a sin­gle shed over the spec­ta­tors' stands and VIP lounge in the sta­dium.

Be­fore the start of the ren­o­va­tion work at the sta­dium, for­mer sports di­rec­tor Par­gat Singh, who is now Ja­land­har MLA, had stressed on in­stal­la­tion of flood­lights, lay­ing of an in­ter­na­tion­al­level as­tro­turf and erec­tion of sheds on the stands of the spec­ta­tors.

“We want spec­ta­tors should sit with ease un­der the sheds in all weathers, mainly in rains,” this was what the for­mer sports di­rec­tor had said last year.

How­ever, the ques­tion is if the con­struc­tion of sheds was part of the project, then why the stands haven't been erected de­spite de­lay of seven months' in com­pe­ti­tion of ren­o­va­tion works in the sta­dium.

“We have not left out the stands. They will also be put up be­fore the dead­line of Septem­ber 15,” said dis­trict sports of­fi­cer Kar­tar Singh.

How­ever, sources in the sports depart­ment said there was a re­mote pos­si­bil­ity of sheds be­ing erected now as the ren­o­va­tion work was not tak­ing place for past three to four days.

For­mer di­rec­tor sports Par­gat Singh was not avail­able for com­ments de­spite re­peated at­tempts.

The erec­tion of sheds was an im­por­tant part of ma­jor struc- EREC­TION OF SHEDS WAS PART OF REN­O­VA­TION WORK OR­DERED BY THE THEN SPORTS DI­REC­TOR IN 2011 tu­ral mod­i­fi­ca­tion at the sta­dium which was started on then sports di­rec­tor Par­gat singh's or­der in the first week of March last year. But the work started in July.

The ren­o­vated sta­dium with sheds on all four stands was sup­posed to be com­plete by Novem­ber 30, 2011, as per the then di­rec­tor sports, but it missed sev­eral dead­lines. Now when it is ready, spec­ta­tors are most likely to watch matches with­out sheds due to lax­ity of the au­thor­i­ties.

HT PHOTO

All four newly-built stands for spec­ta­tors in Pri­ti­hipal Hockey Sta­dium do no have sheds.

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