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Commonwealth Games — concrete shape emerging

Special Correspondent

Project may be ready in time

NEW DELHI: The Public Works Department of the Government of Delhi, presented the speedy development of infrastructure at the Thyagraj Nagar Sports Complex for the Commonwealth Games 2010, and assured completion of the project a few days before the target of September 2009.

The Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, undertook an aerial view on Thursday of the multi-purpose indoor arena that would host netball and expressed happiness about the speed at which the concrete structure was taking shape in the project estimated to cost Rs. 297.45 crore.

“The construction is actually ahead of schedule. I am happy about the project meeting the norms for Green Games in terms of the use of building material etc.,” said Kalmadi, who was told that the air quality inside the arena would be very good owing to the use of quality material.

As per the green building concepts, the venue will have rain water harvesting, effluent treatment plant, solar energy for compound lighting, corridors, toilets and other service areas; heat insulation with the help of walls with hollow concrete blocks, glazing with double insulated glass, thermal insulation on roof and wall; apart from conservation of water through recycling and dual knob flushing cisterns.

Training venue

The arena will also serve as a training venue for athletics and will sport an eight-lane synthetic track. The indoor stadium will have a basement parking that can accommodate 450 cars.

The ground floor will have one practice court and one show court, both with wooden flooring, apart from athletes lounge, change rooms, lockers, technical officers’ lounge, medical area, doping control, logistics, cafeteria, venue management, store and spectator seating.

The first floor-level will have merchandise, lounge and spectator seating. The second floor-level will have the media centre, Games family seating, lounge etc.

The project has already completed the first floor-level galleries. The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by September 2008.

Tennis courts

The arena will also have three clay courts and two synthetic courts for tennis. It was suggested to move these courts elsewhere and find more room for netball practice facilities so that the place could serve as a National Netball Centre in the future.

When the media was quick to move on to other subjects like the state of Indian hockey, Kalmadi said that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was scheduled to have its Executive Committee Meeting on Monday and the subject would be discussed then.

Kalmadi was categorical in stating that it was he who had suggested that the federations should also have young people, particularly in the technical areas, when he met the Sports Minister, M.S. Gill.

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