Stadiums in Delhi to be upgraded well before CW Games: Sheila

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New Delhi, Jul 19 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that all stadiums of the capital would be upgraded well before the commencement of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for upgradation of the Shivaji Stadium, selected as a training venue for the Hockey Event during the Commonwealth Games, Ms Dikshit said that with a view to meeting the requirements of International Standards submitted by the Commonwealth Games Federation and International Consultant M/s EKS, the civic body has decided to upgrade the Shivaji Stadium.

The upgraded Stadium will have four storeys, in addition to two-level basement parking. It will be constructed in an area of 1,97,000 sq metres, which will include a Sports Facility Block having seating capacity of 9,000 spectators on the ground floor.

The other facilities will be a Hockey Stadium Warm-up Pitch, Housing Lounges, Dormitaries, a Physiotherapy Massage Room, a First-Aid Medical Room, a Dope Testing Room, a Press Room, a Venue Management Office and Changing Rooms. The work has been awarded to M/s China Railway Shisiju Group Corporation.

The project will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 160.27 crores by December, 2009. The demolition of the existing structure has been completed.

M/s Raja Aederi Consultant Pvt Ltd has been appointed as an architect consultant for the project of the Shivaji Stadium.

Also present on the occasion were MLA and Vice-Chairperson of the NDMC Tajdar Babar and Chairman NDMC Parimal Rai.

Later, Ms Dikshit inaugurated the Water Boosting Station at I-Avenue, Sarojini Nagar. Local MLA and Member, NDMC, Ashok Ahuja was also present on this occasion.

Keeping in view the scarcity of water and the problem being faced by the residents of Sarojini Nagar, this Water Boosting Station has been constructed, in addition to three Water Boosting Stations already functioning at Sarojini Nagar, Railway Station, K&G Blocks, Sarojini Nagar.

NDMC's present requirement of water is 225 MLD, of which only 115 MLD is drawn from the Delhi Jal Board's various reservoirs. The additional requirement is met by the NDMC at its own by way of 100 tubewells, further supplied through its existing 23 Water Boosting Stations.

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