Each year ahead of the Kabbadi World Cup, the sports department leaves no stone unturned to introduce new developments and complete all its pending works at the Guru Nanak Dev Stadium, but no one seems to be bothered what follows next.
As part of the state sports department's project, the work of installing three sheds (metallic sheets) over the seating area in the A, B and F blocks of the Guru Nanak Dev Stadium was assigned to the Mandi Board. The work commenced four years ago, but it got completed in hurry before the commencement of Kabaddi cup in December.
In a bid to avoid feeling the heat prior to Kabaddi World Cup final, which was scheduled to be held at the stadium on December 14, work for the F block sheds were completed in a hush-hush manner.
An official from the sports department, requesting anonymity, said, "The work for the sheds began at the eleventh hour. The shed for the F block was installed two days before the Kabaddi World Cup final. Screws and bolts were not fixed properly at the time of installing the metal sheets due to which the sheets were blown off by the recent storms."
He said, "Not even three months have passed since the shed for the F block was installed, and now if one visits the stadium, one will find the shed is all torn apart.
District sports officer Kartar Singh said, "The project was allocated to the Mandi Board four years ago. It included ceiling work, washrooms and extending seating capacity up to 2,500. The inspection work was assigned to the district sports department and was asked to submit the report of the status of project at regular intervals."
Punjab Mandi Board sub-divisional officer (SDO) Amandeep Singh said, "We will begin the work again in the next 10 days. We will try to fix the sheets, which were torn off. We have assigned the task of double layering of the sheets to Gazi builders."
Singh said, "The `four-crore project began four years back, which stalled for some months last year and for some time in 2012 also, But now we will complete the work in one-and-a-half months time."