The National Defence Academy will soon get a synthetic athletic track to train its cadets. It will also be used for competitions. The eight lane,400-metre track will be created at the Bombay Stadium. The work is expected to be completed within six months.
A spokesperson for the NDA said,The project is being undertaken as a part of the upgradation drive for our training facilities. The synthetic track would provide state of the art training facilities for cadets and will ensure uninterrupted training even during inclement weather conditions. The cost of the project and other specifications could not be disclosed as the proposal has not yet been approved.
Athletics forms a part of sports and recreational training of the NDA and inter- battalion competitions are held once a year. A retired army officer,commenting on the project,said that infrastructure development is a positive move as it would expose cadets to world class infrastructure and bring them on the same plane as other training academies across the world.
A Request for Proposal (RfP) issued by the academy has also highlighted the various equipment that the synthetic track will have. The equipment includes – long jump and triple jump take off boards,a shotput ring,discus/hammer throw ring,pole vault box,hammer cum discus cage and water jump pit with hurdles among others.