Stadium ready, where are sheds?
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.
All four newly-built stands for spectators in Pritihipal Hockey Stadium do no have sheds.