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- Green room likely at Dhanbad volleyball stadium by October

Here is some good news for budding volleyball players of Dhanbad.

Your very own Volleyball Coaching Centre Stadium at the children’s park in Hirapur just got better with the foundation stone for a green room being laid on Thursday.

Deputy mayor Niraj Singh did the honours. Sprawled over a carpet area of 15x20sqm, the new facility will have a changing room, an office and two toilets for boys and girls. It will come up at a cost of Rs 4.15 lakh within three months.

Singh, who was the chief guest, said the green room would be of great help to players who can use it to keep their luggage, change into sports wear and relax.

The deputy mayor also promised to support the demand of the authorities to build fences around the grounds and construct a gallery. “Fencing is needed to prevent the entry of stray animals and outsiders,’ said spokesman of Dhanbad District Volleyball Association Suraj Prakash Lal.

The proposal for constructing a green room at the stadium was passed during the last board meeting of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation on May 9. The foundation stone was laid within two months — a rarity in Jharkhand, where delay is the rule of the land.

The stadium, which has been running from the children’s park premises since 1969, has four volleyball courts. More than 200 players, including school and college students, learn volleyball there. While morning classes are from 6am to 8am, the evening sessions, also for two hours, begin from 4.30pm.

“Training and equipment are provided. National-level professionals train the budding players,” said Lal.

“A green room at the stadium was urgently required,” said Councillor of ward 30 Nirmal Mukherji, who had placed the proposal for the facility on table.


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