SRCC wrestling venue deadline hits a dead end

first_imgThe sole Commonwealth Games (CWG) training venue for women wrestlers at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) won’t be ready on time.The SRCC stadium has Delhi University (DU) officials and members of the CWG Organising Committee (OC) worried as it is expected to be ready only by September end.Participants, ironically, are scheduled to arrive on September 23. “About 20 per cent of the work is incomplete. It should be over by September 30,” said an OC member on the condition of anonymity. The SRCC stadium, however, has not been scrapped as a training venue.”The two other training facilities at the Games Villages and the Ludlo Castle, respectively, are ready and the wrestlers can practise there till the SRCC work is complete. Wrestlers with events scheduled after October 6 will be able to use this stadium,” the OC member added.The stadium, which is one out of the total three training venues designated for wrestling, is a project that missed several deadlines and has cost the exchequer close to Rs 18 crore.Built on the area where SRCC’s badminton, basketball and tennis court used to be, the stadium has a seating capacity of 1,200 and spans an area of 3,500 square metres.Though its tender was awarded to Engineers India Limited in early 2008, the work began only in April last year. The project has missed several deadlines since. Its last extended deadline was July 15.The delay has been blamed on incessant rainfall this year. “I am under the impression that the agency will be able to complete the work perfectly well if there is a dry spell of three to four days. Let’s be optimistic as it’s a matter of national pride and I am sure everything will fall in place in time,” Dinesh Singh, pro vice-chancellor, Delhi University, said.advertisementAuthorities said over 500 labourers had been working day and night for the past one week to ensure completion of the work before the participants arrive.While the inside of the stadium looked almost complete when MAIL TODAY visited the venue on Thursday (the maple wood flooring was incomplete and seats were not in place yet), the exterior and the surrounding areas were nothing close to being ready. The contractors on the site, however, claimed that just five per cent of the work was left and that the venue would be handed over to the OC by September 20.The college staff, however, are not too happy with the quality and progress of the work. “The agency has deputed hundreds of labourers on the site, but has made no toilet facility for them.The labourers defecate and relieve themselves in the drain that runs along the road leading up to the SRCC faculty and staff quarters. That apart, the constant digging has destroyed the road completely,” S. K. Chaudhury, an SRCC faculty member said.last_img

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