The New Year has brought some cheer for sports lovers in the city.
Patliputra Sports Complex, languishing in neglect for the past few months, is set to get a facelift. Floodlights, fire-fighting arrangement, synthetic athletics tracks would be added to the complex by May this year. Around Rs 19 crore would be spent on developing these facilities at the stadium. While the work for fire-fighting arrangements have started a month ago, floodlights would be installed from the next month.
The Telegraph had reported about the negligence regarding the upkeep of the stadium in its December 31 edition. At that time, the correspondent had found wild grass growing all over in addition to cracks in the building and marble structures displaced from some staircases.
On Sunday, Krishna Mohan Pandey, the district sports officer, said the Bihar State Sports Authority would soon choose a firm for the maintenance of the stadium and the work would be completed within May. “Proper maintenance of the stadium is one of our prime concerns. We would engage a firm for this soon,” said Pandey, adding that the new facilities like synthetic athletic track, floodlights and fire-fighting arrangements would help to make stadium equipped for hosting national and international events.
“The building construction department has to develop the facilities and it has started working towards the same. Floodlights worth around Rs 9 crore would be installed at the outdoor stadium of the Patliputra Sports Complex. The quality of the floodlights would be on a par with the floodlights installed at Eden Gardens in Calcutta and at the newly constructed stadium in Ranchi. The lights would enable us to organise night matches at the stadium as well. At present, we are unable to conduct matches at night. The work of pole installation would be started in February and floodlights would be installed by April-May,” added Pandey.
Apart from floodlights, Patliputra Sports Complex would be equipped with fire-fighting arrangements. Pandey said sensors would be installed at both the indoor and outdoor stadiums. “In case of smoke or fire, alarms would start ringing. Some fire extinguishers are also being purchased. These arrangements are necessary criteria to hold national and international matches. After making the fire safety arrangements, we would be able to apply for national and international matches. Around Rs 3 crore would be spent on making these arrangement at the stadium. Around Rs 7 crore would be spent on developing the synthetic athletic track at the stadium. The best part about the synthetic athletic track is that the surface can withstand the vagaries of weather,” said Pandey.