Monday, August 25, 2008

Reality Check - Public Works Department

As two cranes weighing 250 tonnes each lifted the giant truss measuring almost 107 metres in length and placed it on the pillars of the three storey structure coming up at Thyagaraja Stadium, the PWD moved a step closer towards its completion target of September 2009. Some 5,000 odd spectators will gather to cheer the players at the netball event which will be held here in 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Ten trusses are in place and another nine will complete the roof which will transform this venue into a spatial stadium with a dynamic design. Work on this Rs 297 crores green building project involves demolition of the old unattended structures and complete overhaul started in September 2007. PWD said nearly 60% of the work on the netball stadium is complete. It is to be a state-of-the-art building with electronically operated retractable seats. The indoor stadium will have facilities for athletics training.
The Delhi government’s chosen venue for Republic Day and Independence Day functions, Chhatrasal Stadium in Model Town is going to be the exclusive training venue for athletics. With the Independence Day function over now, the PWD has called for tenders and expects work to start here by mid-October. The deadline is December 2009. The work here involves bringing down the small building and replacing it with a facilities block for players, VIPs and the media. The cinder track will be substituted with a specialized synthetic track and the concrete steps where the chairs are kept for spectators will be converted to Kota stone and high quality PVC chairs are to be fixed here. Ludlow Castle II is going to be the wrestling den.
A dilapidated block at one end of the school is to be brought down to make way for the venue for training wrestlers. The ground floor will house facilities for wrestlers; the first floor is to house six rings and sitting areas for spectators. Work is yet to start. The PWD has prepared estimates for the project and is to send them to the education department for approval. The PWD hopes to start work by November end and finish it in about eight to nine months time.