Glowing Dhanbad stadium

Dhanbad yesterday officially became the second town in the state to boast a cricket stadium with floodlights.

By Our Correspondent in Dhanbad
  • Published 10.05.15
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TV Narendran inaugurates the floodlights at Digwadih stadium in Dhanbad on Friday. Picture by Gautam Dey

Dhanbad, May 9: Dhanbad yesterday officially became the second town in the state to boast a cricket stadium with floodlights.

Managing director of Tata Steel T.V. Narendran, who arrived here last evening, inaugurated the floodlights at Tata Digwadih Stadium in the presence of a host of dignitaries, including Sanjay Singh, general manager of the steel major's Jharia division.

The only other stadium to have this facility is the JSCA cricket complex in Ranchi.

Four towers, comprising 60 large and small bulbs of 72,000W capacity, were installed at a cost of Rs 25 lakh. Each tower has 15 bulbs, including five of 2,000W each, and 10 of 800W.

The high-powered lights will be used during major cricket tournaments at night. But the organisers of the matches will have to arrange generator backup as power cuts are frequent in the region.

Bal Shankar Jha, in-charge (sports) of Tata Steel, Jharia division, said, "Though the floodlights plan was conceptualised more than two years ago, we started working on the project just two months ago. We used iron towers instead of steel in order to minimise the overall cost."

Installation work was carried out by the maintenance department of Tata Steel's Jharia division.