The indoor facility coming up at Mundayad here will have amenities of international standards for the conduct of sports and games and is poised to be a landmark infrastructure in the district.
Going by the fast pace of the ongoing construction work at the 6.55-hectare site, carved out from the land owned by the Regional Poultry Farm here, under the Animal Husbandry Department, the stadium is expected to be a reality in two months.
The land was handed over to the District Sports Council with the aim of setting up the stadium ahead of the 35th National Games to be held in the State early next year. The basketball and wrestling events are expected to be held here.
The work on the Rs.20-crore project, awarded to a Mumbai-based construction company with a mandate to complete it in eight months, started in June. Heavy monsoon showers since then hampered the work.
The 100x100 metre indoor stadium will seat 2,400. “The indoor stadium with the size of a mini football stadium is being developed in record time,” Kannur MLA A.P. Abdullakutty said.
On completion, the facility is expected to give an impetus to sporting activity in the region.
The foundation stone for the facility was laid in May 2010 by the then Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
Progress till now
It took nearly three years before the work got started as two companies backtracked from taking up the work. The ongoing work is being closely monitored by the National Games Secretariat. “Columns are being erected and the work on installing roof truss will begin next week,” said Pramod Kumar, project manager of Ray Construction Ltd., which has been awarded the project.
He said the project team’s focus was to complete the work in the eight months stipulated in the contract.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. is the project management consultant of the indoor project.
Indoor stadium, meant for the 35th National Games, is expected to be ready in two months.