June 14, 2011 3:48:52 am
Almost eight months after the Commonwealth Games ended,students of several North Campus colleges are yet to reap the benefits of the revamped sports facilities they were promised.
While St Stephens and SRCC are yet to take over the sports facilities from government agencies,the state of the Hindu College field has deteriorated considerably due to alleged mismanagement. With the colleges showing little clarity on when and how the grounds will be retrieved,it seems like the students will have to wait for a long time.
Stating that the grounds have not been opened to students yet,Karen Gabriel,media coordinator,St Stephens College,said,There have been some problems with handing over the fields,and they havent been taken over yet. There are issues involving high maintenance costs,and we are in talks with the MCD and other bodies to resolve them. We will not clear the mess they have left behind. At present,we have to contend with holding our sports trials at a ground in Mori Gate.
Strangely enough,while no sporting activities were allowed,the ground was used for a Pentagram concert during the college fest,Harmony. Students did get permission on that one occasion, said Gabriel.
The story is similar with the Shri Ram College of Commerce,which has a multi-purpose stadium for conducting sporting activities such as basketball and badminton. However,only the sports teams currently have access to it. Anshuman Singhal,a third-year student at SRCC,said,General students have very limited access to the new stadium and gymnasium. Only the sports teams get to practise there at times.
College principal P C Jain said,The government still has custody of the stadium,but we do allow students to use it on occasions.
In institutions such as Hindu College,where the field has been returned to the college,the ground happens to be in a dismal shape. Neelakshi Tewari,a third-year student,said,Its really disappointing. The grounds were shut a year before the Games,and we were told that we would get great facilities after they finished. The grass was great throughout last year,while it was being used as a practice venue for rugby,but it has now turned into a dustbowl.
Atish,a member of the Hindu College football team,said,Forget better,the ground is much worse than what it used to be like before the Games.
The college,meanwhile,blames the government for lack of maintenance. Anju Srivastava,media coordinator,said,We are in negotiations with the university and the government. Only after they redo the grounds with the changes they promised will we take over the maintenance.
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