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Indoor stadium, track to be ready by March

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Agency has been asked to expedite work

ON the FAST TRACK: Shivananjaiah, Director, Youth Services and Sports (left), inspecting the General Thimayya Stadium in Madikeri on Thursday.
ON the FAST TRACK: Shivananjaiah, Director, Youth Services and Sports (left), inspecting the General Thimayya Stadium in Madikeri on Thursday.

The works relating to the construction of the indoor stadium and laying of the athletic track at the General K.S. Thimayya Stadium here (District Stadium) will be ready by March, said Shivananjaiah, Director of the Department of Youth Services and Sports, here on Thursday.

He was speaking to presspersons during inspection of the progress of works concerning both projects here. He admitted that works were delayed for certain reasons. The agency entrusted with the works had been told to expedite them.

To a question on what action could be initiated against poor standard of works, Mr. Shivananjaiah said the bills would be withheld and works completed as per the plans.

Referring to the laying of an artificial hockey playing surface at Ponnampet in Virajpet taluk, as planned by the State Government, Mr. Shivananjaiah said the issue of handing over the grounds (now with the Government junior college) needed to be sorted out. Budgetary allocations were available for taking up works.

The defunct swimming pool at the General Thimayya stadium had been planned to be taken up involving a cost of Rs. 1.70 crore. Of this, Rs. 80 lakh was readily available, the official said. Several indoor swimming pools were built in different parts of the State in recent times, he added.

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