SPORTS AND Youth Welfare Department has started working on a plan to renovate the Aishbagh Stadium. Sports Director Sanjay Chaudhary, architects from Delhi and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) officers on Monday visited the stadium to assess the work to be undertaken in the future. The department has planned to lay two turfs in the City — one at Aishbagh Stadium and another at Mayur Park Hostel.
For the past some years, hockey players have been demanding a facelift of the Aishbagh Stadium. The Sports Department took the initiative by approaching the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to seek its support for renovation work.
The department wanted to start a men’s academy at the stadium. But the SAI, which has two turfs at Bishenkheri Centre, showed little interest. Thereafter, the Sports Department decided to arrange the required money on its own.
Stadium architect Manish Gulati said that the stadium now needed a major facelift. “The stadium was constructed almost 25 years ago.
Hockey has changed since then. We will focus on giving modern look to the stadium,” said Gulati. Tanushree Gulati, another architect said the City has an emotional attachment to the stadium.
Chaudhary asked the architects to work on every aspect of the stadium — pavilion, lights, sitting arrangements and above all the turf.
I have asked them to submit a report in 15 days. “Once the department gets the report, efforts will be made to arrange money,” said Chaudhary. The stadium renovation is estimated to cost Rs 3 crore. “We will approach the Centre for money from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM),” he opined.
The architects’ team also visited the sites where shooting academy and Khel Gaon is proposed.