A world championship venue in March is a dirty pool today. That’s Patliputra sports complex at Kankerbagh for you.
The World Kabaddi Championship from March 1-4 over, the sports hub constructed spending Rs 45 crore seems to be no one’s baby. It paints a picture of utter neglect after the hosts bagged the title.
Untrimmed wild grass greets one to the outdoor stadium of the sports complex — the venue of the inaugural championship match between South Korea and India. The man assigned to guard the stadium said: “After the championship was over, the grass of the outdoor stadium was never trimmed. Quite often I see snakes and scorpion in the grass.”
The next shock would be the missing lights and twisted blades of most of the 200 brand new ceiling fans. The lights were stolen and some unscrupulous elements damaged the fans.
The power connection to the complex has also been snapped because of non-payment of bills to the tune of Rs 94 lakh, said the guard.
The Telegraph found the indoor stadium inside the complex — where most of the kabaddi matches were played — flooded by rainwater. The water leaked through its ceiling.
Peeping through the almost-opaque glass door, The Telegraph spotted packaged water bottles strewn on the floor inside. It was evident that nobody bothered to clean the stadium after the World Kabaddi Championship was over.
That’s not all. Expensive glasses were shattered, big bulbs were stolen, furniture was broken and chairs were missing.
Taken aback by the poor state affairs at the sports complex, Bihar Players’ Association president Mritunjay Tiwari said: “It is a total failure of the state government. It has failed to maintain the stadium after constructing it spending crores. The dilapidated condition of the stadium reveals how serious the state government is about sports.”
Drawing a parallel between the Moin-ul-Haq stadium and the Patliputra sports complex, Tiwari said: “The same thing happened at Moin-ul-Haq stadium. It was renovated with great enthusiasm for the World Cup cricket match in 1996. But after that tie, it never hosted any big game because of its dilapidated condition. Now, you can see cows and buffalos grazing at the ground. We requested the state government several times to maintain the stadium, but in vain.”
Kumar Vijay, the secretary of Bihar Kabaddi Association, said: “It is sad to hear that the stadium which hosted the World Cup is in a bad shape. It should be maintained properly. Otherwise, we will lose one of the assets of our state.”
Sports minister Sukhda Pandey was not much bothered over the sorry state affairs at the Patliputra sports complex. “Some more work has to be done in that stadium. We have asked the building construction department to complete the work. As far as maintaining the indoor and the outdoor stadium is concerned, I am sure people are deputed to maintain them. I do not think there is nobody to look after the sports complex.”
On the water seeping into the indoor stadium, she said: “It was because of the rainy season. There is nothing to worry about.”