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Curious case of broken shades

Last March, the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Northern Regional Centre spent Rs 22 lakh installing seats and shades at their playing fields here and even where fields weren't used, reports Joshi Chauhan.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2009 23:42 IST
Joshi Chauhan

Last March, the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Northern Regional Centre spent Rs 22 lakh installing seats and shades at their playing fields here and even where fields weren't used.

Within a month, many lay broken or unhinged apparently due to improper grounding. Some have been damaged beyond repair.

Contracts for the installation were given to a Chitransh Traders, a Bhopal-based firm and payments made in two installments in March and April.

No SAI official wanted to come on record when HT inquired about the shades and AK Sharma, the director-in-charge, wasn't available for comment on July 22 and one week after that, hadn't responded to a message sent through his personal assistant.

On July 23 though, SAI wrote to the Bhopal firm directing it to repair the shades in 10 days. SAI also warned the firm that failure would mean repairs would be done locally and the cost deducted from their security deposit. A copy of the letter is with HT.

A SAI official also questioned the wisdom of building shades at places where the fields weren't operational. Like one volleyball court, the synthetic athletics track or the football park which hasn't been completed.

"By the time they (the playing fields) will be used, these shades would have been completely damaged. Moreover, you can yourself judge the quality of the material used," the officer, posted here, said on condition of anonymity.