The construction of the multi-purpose sports stadium at Madhopur in Sirhind is likely to be completed in two months, said Rajinder Singh, sub-divisional officer (SDO) of the constructions division of the Punjab Mandi Board. In March this year, Rajinder had said the work would be completed by July end.
“The work is almost complete. We are left with the finishing work,” Rajinder said. “As only the finishing work is pending, we think we can hand over the stadium to the Mandi Borad in two months,” said site engineer Patel.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had announced the project on October 15, 2012, when he was here to induct Congress leader Harbans Lal into the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). The construction was to be completed by 2013, but was not started due to non-availability of funds.
In 2013, the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council had allotted 10-acre land for the stadium, and the Punjab sports department had sent `7-crore project proposal to the state government.
The sports department delayed the work as it wanted the land to be transferred in its name before starting the work, but the council chairman, Tarlok Singh Bajwa, said it was impossible to transfer it. The site remained abandoned for over two years with wild bushes growing on the basketball court on the piece of the land.
Following the logjam, the state government assigned the task to Punjab Mandi Board, which floated the tenders for the project.
In 2015, the government released the funds and a Panchkula-based private firm started construction on December 20, 2015, — after a month-long debate between the sports department and the council.
The Mandi Board, too, demanded transfer of land in its name. To this, the council agreed and the work is under process, said Rajinder.