The squash court at Rakh Bagh, the construction of which was completed last year after facing several hiccups, has failed to find any taker so far. The municipal corporation (MC) had invited bidders through advertisement recently to operate the squash hall but no one came forward to take it up.
According to information, the foundation stone of the squash hall at Rakh Bagh was laid by the MC way back in 2002 but the work was stalled for over a decade. Its construction work was completed in January last year with an expenditure of over `50 lakh. The aim behind its construction was to provide better sports infrastructure to the city residents. But in absence of squash players and an association which can run it, the project has proved to be a failure so far and has drawn a flak from the sports fraternity in the city.
One of the members of the sports department, requesting anonymity, said, "Though the MC cites the issue of lack of funds as major projects are lying pending in the city, lakhs of rupees have been spent on projects which are of no use so far as these are locked up even after their completion. It is a sheer wastage of funds."
However, MC's additional commissioner Ghanshyam Thori maintained, "We had circulated an advertisement for the prospective bidders who can run a district squash association but no party has shown interest. The corporation also ensures that if it has invested in a sports infrastructure, then it shall be utilised properly."
Navneet Arora, an amateur squash enthusiast, rued "poor"management of the MC as well as the sports department, who despite having a full fledged infrastructure for squash could not arrange a coach and an association."
It is worth mentioning here that the MC initiated the project with the sole motive of revamping sports infrastructure in the city for the residents who cannot afford training in private academies, but had to be stalled due to shortage of funds.