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Dharwad's only district stadium in a shambles

N. Dinesh Nayak
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It lacks proper drinking water supply, sanitation and cloak rooms

UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS: The R.N. Shetty Stadium in Dharwad has become a haven for drunk vagabonds.
UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS: The R.N. Shetty Stadium in Dharwad has become a haven for drunk vagabonds.

Although Dharwad has the credit of having one of the best indoor stadiums in the State, the R.N. Shetty District Stadium here has been crying for attention for long.

In absence of timely renovation and upgrading works, the stadium is not only in appalling state, but also has turned into an open space fit for only public functions rather than sports.

This is the only facility that can host almost all major sports events, but the infrastructure is in a pathetic condition.

The stadium does not have basic amenity like drinking water supply and sanitation.

Whenever events are held, drinking water is brought in tanks.

Three urinals, one toilet and one bathroom are insufficient. There is no cloak room for boys.

In absence of fencing, it has become difficult to the officials to control the vagabonds from entering the stadium premises. Stadium getting a meagre Rs. 2 lakh maintenance grants is also a reason for poor state of affairs here, even though stadiums in other cities get larger amount.

Although the stadium was selected for development under a special sports infrastructure development scheme last year, later it was dropped and plans to lay much needed synthetic track did not materialise.

Basavaraj Hadapad, Assistant Director, Department of Youth Services and Sports, said certain steps had been initiated to improve the infrastructure.

Toilets, three each for men and women, were being built and halogen lights installed to prevent misuse of the stadium at night. About Rs. 50 lakh was required for infrastructure development and proposals had been sent.

The department was thinking of approaching the donors to provide drinking water facility.

A fresh proposal of Rs. 3.07 crore had been sent for laying the synthetic track that includes eight-lane track, one D area and inner drainage system. Similarly, changing rooms for men and women would be built with an attached bathroom and toilet. Also, a demand for Rs 20 lakh maintenance grants had been placed before the Government.

Minister for Sports G. Janardhan Reddy had promised to consider the proposals and arrange for funds in the coming budget, he said.

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