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Two stadiums in Mohali yet to open for public a month after inauguration

A newly-built Hockey Stadium and two multi-sports stadiums were inaugurated on September 27.

More than a month after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated the two multi-sports stadiums in Mohali,these are yet to be opened to public. Both are not yet fully-functional,with a lot of equipment yet to be installed and many parts still incomplete. Even the other five newly-built smaller stadiums in the town are not functional.

On September 27,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurated the newly-built Hockey Stadium and the deputy Chief Minister inaugurated the two multi-sports stadiums in Sector 63 and Sector 78 with much fanfare. Though the Hockey Stadium is operational and hosted an inaugural match,it is yet to be handed over to the Sports Department.

The multi-sports stadium in Sector 63 is supposed to have a swimming pool,toddlers pool,squash courts,lawn-tennis courts,gym,table tennis and badminton courts. But the lawn tennis courts have not been laid,only the fences have been put around the site.

“These don’t look like lawn tennis courts. If these are,it’s hard to make out what type of courts they are preparing. If they are going to be concrete courts,it will take a month at least. Likewise for clay and grass,” said director of coaching at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Academy (CLTA) Gajendra Singh,after looking at the photographs of the courts. At present,no work is going on at the courts. For the rest of the facilities,the equipment is yet to be installed.

The multi-sports stadium in Sector 78 is supposed to have badminton courts,a skating rink,a basketball court,swimming pool,toddler’s pool,boxing ring,table tennis,gymnasium,football field,hockey field and an athletics track. The speed tracks in the skating rink have not been laid while the construction of the stands around the football field began only two weeks ago. The flurry of activity which was seen before the arrival of the Badals has slowed down since the inauguration.

Deputy Commissioner Tejinderpal Singh Sidhu said that the administration is trying to make the stadiums functional within two weeks. GMADA chief administrator AK Sinha said that once the stadiums are handed over to the sports department,the equipment will be installed and the remaining work completed within a short period of time. “Whatever GMADA had to do,it has been done. Once the sports department officially takes possession of the stadiums,they will finish the remaining work,” he said.

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However,district sports officer Manhor Singh said that it was the other way round. “We will only get the stadiums once they are fully prepared,including the equipment.” He agreed that a lot of work is still to be done. “There is some problem with the roof in Sector 78 stadium,and a lot of other minor things have to be taken care of by GMADA before we take possession,” he said.