MogaMaterialising the announcement made by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal a year ago to establish an astroturf hockey stadium at Lala Lajpat Rai Government College in Dhudike village here, the Public Works Department (PWD) has started its construction here.Sukhbir had announced to establish the stadium on the 150th birth anniversary of martyr Lala Lajpat Rai on January 28, 2016, to revive the hockey hub at the village, which had produced several national-level players in the past. The central government-funded the project worth Rs 4.35 crore is to be jointly accomplished by the PWD and the sports department.If the authorities continue to get funds smoothly from the central government, the construction of the stadium is expected to be completed by May, officials said. As per information, the project was initiated in the village as the government college once used to have one of the best hockey teams in the country. In the 1990s, the Dhudike college hockey team remained in the list of SAIL Nehru Champion Colleges, and its players such as Manjit Singh, Harjit Singh, Manveer Singh and Kuldeep Singh played at the national team.Pankaj Singla, junior engineer, PWD, who is looking after the project said that they have started the construction work of the stadium. “At a cost of Rs 1.3 crore, the PWD will lay the base for the stadium, fencing, 10-feet pavement around the stadium and installation of the sprinkling system,” he said.While the remaining Rs 3.5 crore is to be utilised by the sports department as they have to do bitumen work and import the costly astroturf from a foreign country.Officials said that Rs 4.3 crore is just an estimate for the construction of the stadium, while flood lights and seating arrangements are to be installed separately.Meanwhile, the PWD has also started construction work of an International level auditorium with seating capacity of 275 people in the same college at a cost of Rs 4.75 crores to be funded by the central government.