Guru Nanak Stadium in need of urgent repairs
Guru Nanak Stadium, the only stadium in the city situated on the Jalandhar road, is in a bad condition and most of the sports facilities have already become worthy of no use.punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2013 19:34 IST
Guru Nanak Stadium, the only stadium in the city situated on the Jalandhar road, is in a bad condition and most of the sports facilities have already become worthy of no use.
The HT team visited the stadium and found growth of wild grass and bushes all around, non-functioning streetlights, pools of stranded water at one place or the other, leaking water taps in toilets, non-operational flood lights in the basketball courts, basketball poles without nets, ill-maintained tennis and badminton courts and gymnasium.
A track in the main ground had potholes here and there and needed urgent repairs. The rusted apparatus lying in the gymnasium gave the look as if it had never been in use. The cushions were lying all around.
At the centre of the stadium, a ground has been built for hockey but it is not being properly maintained.
There is no proper system for the disposal of rain water. And, during the rainy season, the ground turns into a pool of water for many days together, some players informed.
Some of the players who were practicing there rued the shortage of coaches to guide them.
In the evenings, they have to leave the place by 5.30pm as there is no proper lighting arrangement, they said.
People of the city said the government had been spending crores for promoting kabaddi and holding kabaddi but it has never bothered to properly maintain the existing sports facilities.
The stadium is now mostly being used for celebrating national days and private tournaments.
Harman, Surabhi and Harleen, students of local ITI and players of kho-kho were noticed doing stand-stills only. They regretted that there was no proper ground for kho-kho. In the evening, the stadium becomes a haven for anti-social elements due to lack of lighting arrangements.
Ramesh Kumar, a coach, there was also a need for deploying a chowkidar for the vehicles parked inside the stadium.
There is any proper facility for players. We want to play tug-of-war but no rope is available here. The government should at least provide basic infrastructure required for the games not only here but at all the stadiums in Punjab.
Jaspreet Singh, a player
Non-availability of coaches is a big problem. The players have to depend upon the academies situated in other cities to improve their performance in games. Due to no facility available here, many of the coaches prefer to stay away.
Kuldeep Singh, a player
The renovation of this stadium is very much on our agenda and we have got the estimate for its maintenance from the district sports officer. Initially, we are releasing Rs 2 lakh in a day or two and the . renovation work would start soon.
Sarabjeet Singh Makkar, chairman, district planning committee