3 years on., sports infrastructure still incompletehttp://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120821/cth2.htm#9
3 years on, sports infrastructure still incomplete
Engineering department told to reimburse funds n Sports department intends to take charge
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 20
The officials of the UT sports department and engineering department seem to be struggling hard to complete the pending sports infrastructure in the City Beautiful.
In a recent meeting, the UT engineering department was told to return the fund allocated for building two badminton courts at Sports Complex of Sector 42.
In 2009, the UT sports department gave around Rs 24 lakh to the engineering department to come up with the two courts but the latter failed to complete the project even after three years.
Even basketball courts of Sector 7 and Sector 42 are facing the same problem. Laying of the synthetic courts at Sports Complex of Sector 42 is under process since 2009. On June 22, last year the issue was reported in these columns. Yet, the engineering department failed to open the courts for players.
Last year, the sports department decided to organise an All-India Basketball (U-19) Tournament in November 2011 at the newly-carpeted basketball court of Sports Complex, Sector 42, but due to the non-completion of work the tournament was dropped.
“The sport-cum-finance secretary has ordered the engineering department to reimburse the entire amount after the department failed to come up with the project. Now, the UT sports department will take the charge and will build both the courts here,” said JDS Sidhu, joint director of sports.
Adding further he said, “The department will flow tenders after receiving the amount and the work will be started soon. The players are in need of proper environment equipped with new facilities and they will be provided with this as soon as possible.”
When asked about the other pending projects, he added, “The engineering department is doing its best to complete all the projects. Hopefully, the department will soon complete the construction of basketball courts at Sports Complexes of Sector 42 and 7. The players will soon get to play in these stadiums and the department will organise tournaments here.”
“The portable badminton courts are in demand these days. This is the only complex of the City Beautiful and it should have all the modern facilities. We come here to learn and if we will learn in proper environment with proper facilities, we can give our best in all national or international tournaments. Hopefully, we will get the new courts soon,” said a group of junior badminton player.
On other hand, the local stadias also failed to catch official’s attention as the planning to convert the local stadiums into international standards grounds is still lying under official’s files.
“The top brass in both sports and engineering departments always put efforts to bring in new projects but failed to upgrade the present infrastructure. New projects are a sign of development but they should not ignore the present situations,” said a coach.