| The incomplete indoor stadium in Chhapra. Picture by Rakesh Singh |
Sports enthusiasts and players can finally look forward to an indoor stadium here.
A source said construction work on the stadium had started in 1992 to promote badminton and table tennis on the premises of Girls’ High School at a cost of Rs 16.95 lakh. Work, however, came to an abrupt halt in the same year after a 30ft wall on the northern side collapsed owing to the alleged use of sub-standard material during construction work. Since then, it has remained incomplete.
A vigilance inquiry had been set up to find out the reasons behind the poor quality of materials used. An FIR had been lodged at that time against the contractor who went absconding and the case came to a standstill. The district authorities had sanctioned Rs 12 lakh and MLA Udit Ray sanctioned Rs 5 lakh. The canal department was given the duty to construct the stadium.
Saran district magistrate (DM) Kundan Kumar has taken up the matter, as the incomplete structure of the stadium on the premises of the Government Girls’ High School has become an eyesore for residents.
“I spoke to the principal secretary of the vigilance department, C. Lalsota, and he has asked me to issue a no-objection certificate for commencing work on the stadium,” said Kundan before adding that after the no-objection certificate was issued, funds would be mobilised for the project. A no-objection certificate is a must for starting work on projects facing vigilance inquiry.
Sharing details about the likely source of funds for the project, the DM said Saran MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy had promised to provide funds for this purpose. The DM said the construction of the stadium would be a boon for sportspersons, who, at present, lack proper facilities. Sources said funds to the tune of Rs 1 crore would be required.
The DM said: “The principal secretary of the vigilance department would give us a no-objection certificate within 15 days. Then we would work out the funds required.”
According to sources, after the no-objection certificate is received, construction work would start in a month or two.