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Hotwar arena in drainage distress

State’s shower bounty is stadium’s bane, especially if it is an amphitheatre with clogged drains.

The 10,000sqft cultural nucleus of Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Munda Mega Sports Complex in Hotwar is Jharkhand’s Little Venice on Friday following the rain god’s largesse in the past 48 hours.

The Rs 50-lakh amphitheatre is located in the centre of the sports complex and has four subway approaches. It has a stage on its eastern side for performers and the capacity to accommodate 3,000 spectators.

But, under present circumstances, the theatre can host water sports. The lone motorised pump to drain out water during monsoon is out of order for lack of proper upkeep, resulting in overflowing drains and inundation of the floor of the amphitheatre.

Two of the four subways are also waterlogged and, hence, slippery. If you are still not alarmed, add to the peril live wires everywhere. A short-circuit can turn the entire amphitheatre into a death trap, water being a good conductor of electricity.

“Had the drainage system been efficient, there would have been no waterlogging. The drains are blocked somewhere, which is why the place is under water,” a sports department official said as a matter-of-factly.

He conceded that last year too the amphitheatre had witnessed waterlogging, “but at that time, the pump was in good condition and water was drained out quickly”.

Sports director Sant Kumar Verma feigned ignorance about the recurring problem. “I will soon find out the reason behind waterlogging at the amphitheatre as well as the condition of drains and the pump. A solution will be worked out soon,” he promised.

During the February 2011 National Games, the amphitheatre was a proud platform for folk artistes from across the state. It has rarely been used since then.

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