Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) sports grounds on Khandwa Road offer the best sporting space in the city. Its encroachment-free grounds laid for hockey, cricket, volleyball, football, lawn-tennis, kho-kho, kabaddi, track and field events have the potential to host major tournaments. But they are unkempt, a reason which has forced the students to stay away from them.
Jitendra Sharma, a football player said, "It is tough for us to practise football on the ground which is full of mud and without any proper marking and goal posts. Potholes on the ground pose risk for injury."
The turf is not fit for the game either. After rains, the ground turns muddy. Ground is not leveled and restored after rains.
Rohit Karnawat, a Master of Physical Education student, says, "The condition of the grounds and courts has been the same for the past four years. Though some courts are cemented, they are not well-layered. There is no proper court for lawn-tennis. Basketball court is under-construction."
College players also complain about cricket pitch soil. "The university authorities have made the pitch with ordinary farm soil. Except grass cutting, not much has been done," Ashwin Jatwa said, adding that experts were not consulted to prepare the pitch.
But all this is set to change. The campus will acquire state-of-art multi-purpose indoor sports hall and synthetic athletic track of international standards.
Once its sports infrastructure is upgraded, the DAVV can boast of having best sports facility in Madhya Pradesh. The state-of-art facilities will help DAVV produce national-level players. For local sportsmen, having these facilities is a dream come true.
"It will be a surprise gift for hundreds of athletes in the university. Training at international-level facilities will sharpen the talents and bring maximum out of athletes," said Preksha Sharma, Master of Physical Education student.
The Union ministry of youth affairs and sports has approved a grant of Rs 11.50 crore to upgrade its sports infrastructure.
The ministry sent a letter to the university stating that it’s eligible for Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme and sought a proposal for the grant by August 29.
The maximum grant permissible for synthetic athletic track is Rs 5.50 crore and the indoor hall is Rs 6 crore. The cost of facilities exceeding these amounts will be borne by DAVV.
Five public sector undertakings, namely Hindustan Steelworks Construction Ltd, Engineering Projects Ltd, Bridge and Roof Company Ltd, National Building Construction Corporation Ltd and National Projects Construction Corporation Ltd, are empanelled as execution agencies. The ministry suggested selecting any one of the agencies for execution of the work under Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme.
University media in-charge Prof Maansingh Parmar said during the monsoon season it is very difficult to maintain ground conditions. "We can’t use heavy roller to level the ground or uproot weed. Once the monsoon season is over, varsity will take care of that."
About recent proposal of Rs 11.5 crore, Parmar said university would soon get modern indoor hall as well as synthetic track of international standard and it will help university not only excel in academics, but in sports arena too.