Foundation stone for the multipurpose facility was laid in 2003

The ‘Andhra Paris' has grown into a hub of education. But, when it comes to playgrounds for youth, the town has no major facility for sporting events. Construction of the multipurpose stadium at Chenchupet remains incomplete more than seven years after the foundation stone was laid in 2003. The only other big playground is located on the premises of VSR & NVR College.

No dearth of funds

The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) has so far sanctioned Rs. 65 lakh. Former Members of Parliament Yadlapati Venkata Rao and Ummareddi Venkateswarlu had together contributed Rs. 25 lakh. The former MLA, Gogineni Uma, had also given funds.

There is no dearth of funds to hamper construction of the stadium. The people's representatives also wanted to gift the stadium to youth, but the political situation prevalent at that time and some procedural issues played the spoilsport. Construction of the stadium began in the first quarter of 2004 and went on for a few years.

The basic structure is complete and the final civil and furnishing works remain. A wooden platform is the only thing that exists. A 200-metre track and a football court are also planned to be laid around the stadium. The site measures about four acres. Nothing else has been done for completing the stadium.

It was the Roads & Buildings Department that did the stadium construction. It is now likely to be handed over to the VGTM-UDA.

Tenali MLA and Speaker Nadendla Manohar recently mobilised Rs. 40 lakh. More funds may be required to give the stadium finishing touches.

The stadium is big enough for playing even volleyball and there's lot of space outside too.

What is now required is a renewed zeal to complete the stadium and thereby promote sports and games in this historic town.

  • SAAP has so far sanctioned Rs. 65 lakh

  • It is likely to be handed over to the VGTM-UDA