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Village sports complex to open for public next month

Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 09, 2013
First Published: 00:20 IST(9/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:21 IST(9/2/2013)

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will throw open the sports complex at the Commonwealth Games Village in east Delhi for the public from March 1, enabling residents to use state-of-the-art facilities used by top athletes of the world.

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The 21-acre sports complex, constructed for international athletes staying at the village for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has football and cricket grounds, track fields, gymnasiums, a swimming pool, and table tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.

The complex was partially opened last year on a ‘pay and play’ basis as many other facilities were undergoing renovation work.

It has a sauna, something rare at DDA’s sports complexes. Only the Vasant Kunj complex has one. The DDA, however, is yet to get a licence to run it.

“We will open the sports complex from the first week of March as most of the facilities are ready,” said a DDA spokesperson.

The swimming pool may take some more time as tenders have been floated to hire agencies that can run and maintain pools at all DDA’s sports complexes. The authority, through, has to get a licence to run the swimming pool.

Though the charges are yet to be finalised, sources said that they would be nominal. The DDA runs 14 sports complexes in the capital and charges Rs.40 per person per day from non-members on a ‘pay and play’ basis.

Residents of Mayur Vihar, IP Extension, Laxmi Nagar and other areas will especially benefit as they are a stone’s throw away from the village.

The sports complex was expected to be opened for the public after the Games in October 2010.

But due to the delay in renovation work, it was opened partially last year, two years after the sporting event.

The expensive equipment had been gathering dust since and the halls were being used to store furniture.


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