he Governor, Punjab-cum-Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, V P Singh Badnore visited Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh to review the existing sports facilities and scope of work. He was accompanied by Adviser to the Administrator Parimal Rai.
Jitender Yadav, IAS, Secretary Sports, Chandigarh, Tejdeep Singh Saini, PCS, Director Sports, Chandigarh, Dr Mahender Singh, Joint Director Sports, Chandigarh, Ravinder Singh, DSO, Chandigarh were also present during the visit. Lalita Sharma, Regional Director, Sports Authority of India (Northern Region), Mukesh Anand, Chief Engineer-cum-Special Secretary, Engineering Department, Chandigarh and Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Chandigarh were also present on the occasion.
The entire Sports Complex, Sector 42 is spread over 91 acres approximately and the Administrator ventured to cover the entire facilities. He also played Tennis, Basketball and enjoyed Boxing activity.
Administrator reviewed the existing sports facility in the Complex viz. Football Ground, Volleyball Ground, Hockey Stadium as well as Six-a-Side Hockey Ground, Lawn Tennis Courts, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi Ground, Indoor Basketball Hall, Badminton Hall, Boxing Hall, Weightlifting Hall and Sports Hostel for Football, Hockey and Cricket Residential Academies’ trainees.
V P Singh Badnore, well known for his passion for sports was satisfied with the existing sports facilities but expressed that there is always a scope for improvement. In tandem with ambitious “Khelo India”, endeavour of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India, the Administrator expressed his keen interest to develop “Sports for all” i.e. recreational sports for development of sports & physical culture as well as ‘Sports for Excellence’ i.e. professional sports in the city.
The Administrator approved the following projects & up-gradation of the existing facilities at sports complex, sector 42 as following: • Provision of flood lights at the tennis courts as well as reconstruction of Tennis Clay courts • Air conditioning of Indoor Basketball hall as well as construction of 2 outdoor synthetic Basketball courts, change of direction of football ground as well as construction of pavilion • Replacement of Astroturf at the six-a-side hockey ground • Construction of approach road to tennis and handball courts, • Construction of change rooms/store room/toilets in between tennis and kho kho courts. • Beautification of N-choe area keeping the natural surroundings intact • The Administrator also desired to expedite the 3 Khelo India Projects of international standards viz. Synthetic hockey field, all weather indoor 50 m swimming pool and an indoor multi -purpose hall at the designated areas at sports complex sector 42.