| Workers carry out construction work on the tracks at Patliputra Indoor Stadium in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Patliputra Sports Complex is going the international way — at least in keeping itself abreast with state-of-the-art standard 400m tracks.
District sports officer Tribhuvan Pandey told The Telegraph on Tuesday: “It would be a stadium where national-level tournaments can be organised. Bihar would soon conduct such championships. We want to create more training opportunities for athletes and football-lovers.”
As per the plan, 12 tracks of 1.05m each will be laid around the existing soccer ground of natural grass at the stadium. With only few stadiums offering such 12 simultaneous tracks in the country, officials are hopeful to host international track and field events also.
An official of division No. 2 of the building construction department, which is in charge of the makeover, said the government had given the job to New Delhi-based Mehta Construction. “The total budget for the new synthetic tracks, makeover of natural grass football ground and constructing drains is Rs 1 crore. Two drains — one inner and another outer — are being created so that even during the monsoon, the tracks and field can be kept water-free,” the official said.
To maintain quality, the construction firm has roped in German synthetic tracks consultant Polytan, based in Burgheim, around 575km southwest of Berlin. Four engineers of Polytan were seen installing polyurethane-bound synthetic surface with EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monome) rubber granules.
Accommodation arrangements are also being made for 20 coaches and around 200 boys and girls at a hostel within the 20,200sqm sports complex so that their practice is not hampered.