The dates of the 35th National Games, to be hosted by Kerala, may yet to be finalised; but the Games are certain to feature a novelty whenever it is conducted.

And this relates to the Games Village to be built in Thiruvananthapuram, the main host-city of the multi-discipline event. Unlike the past Games, which had seen the athletes' village being raised using the conventional brick, mortar, and kiln, the Village in the capital city is to be built utilising pre-fabricated construction technology.

Eco-friendly and cost-effective, the idea to have a Village of this sort was initially mooted in August last, after the National Games Secretariat (NGS) found it disfficult to seal a viable project involving the Kerala State Housing Board and private builders. The idea gained immediate acceptance of the NGS executive which, however, insisted that a few mock units be initially set up in various parts of the city on two counts.

One, to help people get a feel of the new technology and, secondly, to test the viability of the project.

A representative model of a dwelling unit is nearing completion at the Central stadium in the city. The mock unit, say NGS sources, could either be used as the stadium office or as rest rooms during VVIP visits. The unit has been designed to accommodate a mini-conference hall and two rooms, each with its own wash rooms. The advantage of having a Games Village utilising pre-fabricated construction technology is its utility even after the Games. It can be straightaway shifted to other areas and converted to school buildings, sports hostels, police, forests, or fire force camps or pilgrim centres at Sabarimala or Malayatoor, at a nominal cost.

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