Onake Obavva District Stadium being spruced up at a cost of Rs. 32 lakh
Chitradurga: Nearly three decade-old district stadium will be the venue for the 75th Kannada Sahitya Sammelan to be held here from January 29.
The district administration has decided to set up a big stage and erect a large marquee inside the stadium to accommodate over 15,000 people, beside this, an equal number of people could sit on the steps of the stadium.
The stadium that belongs to the Department of Sports has been built on eight acres of land. The foundation stone was laid on October 16, 1979, the stadium was named as Onake Obavva District Stadium.
Although the work began in 1979, it took 11 years for its completion. Finally, it was on January 25, 1990 that the stadium was completed and was inaugurated by the then Minister for Forest K.H. Ranganath.
Now, work on preparing the stadium for the grand event are on as Rs. 1.15 lakh had been earmarked for renovation and painting of the stadium.
About Rs. 32 lakh had been set aside for building a massive dais at the stadium and other stages at various parts of the city for a number of other cultural and literary activities.
The main stage and marquee would be set up in two lakh square feet of area at the stadium.
Some 15 to 18 electric poles would be installed around the stadium to provide lighting for which Rs. 7.27 lakh had been earmarked.
Another Rs. 7.10 lakh would be used for providing lighting arrangements on all major roads leading to the venue.
Arrangement for the food would be made on the backside of the stadium while commercial stalls and book stalls would be set up near Ideal College near the stadium.
Work on development of infrastructure is under way as all main roads have been developed.