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Civic group constructs indoor stadium on its own

K. Manikandan
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A game in progress at the badminton court of the indoor stadium in Chromepet. — Photo: A.Muralitharan
A game in progress at the badminton court of the indoor stadium in Chromepet. — Photo: A.Muralitharan

A civic group in Chromepet has set an example by creating an indoor stadium that includes a badminton court, a table tennis court and a fitness centre.

To be inaugurated on Republic Day (January 26), the indoor stadium has been built with funds from the members of the association with support from private companies run by residents living in Chromepet. The indoor stadium is located on Raghava Nagar First Street and belongs to the BBR (Bashyam, Bhuvaneswari and Raghava) Nagar Residents Welfare Association.

The layout of the locality was created in the mid 70's and now there are nearly 500 houses. The association currently has 247 members. Earlier the association developed a children's park in Bhuvaneswari Nagar and has also constructed a community hall with a seating capacity of 120 and a dining capacity of 60, charging only Rs.2,000 per day.

It was in November last year that they decided to construct the indoor stadium for children and women. On November 23 last year, the bhoomi pooja was performed and finishing touches are now being given.

“Our children used to travel long distances or pay a huge monthly fee in private academies to play badminton and hence we decided to construct our own courts,” said M.C.Balaraman, president of the association.

The association enrolled in ‘chit' schemes and through rotation, generated Rs.3 lakh. In addition to this, they were very fortunate to receive overwhelming support in terms of supply construction material. The donors included philanthropists, individuals and builders.

Strong steel sheets were used to cover the 36-foot high indoor stadium, spread over 7,777 square feet. The stadium was built on a piece of land meant for public use, where a Children's Centre of the Integrated Child Development Services has been functioning for more than a decade. The association has been maintaining it and recently spent Rs.12,000 on its renovation.

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