Indoor stadium to be ready in a year: Mayor

GThe under-construction indoor stadium on Pakhowal road in Ludhiana on Friday. Gurmeet Singh

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria claims the controversial indoor stadium on Pakhowal road will be completed within a year.

This indoor stadium has drawn criticism from various corners as its construction started after a wait of seven long years. First, the project was proposed in 2003 and then due to various hiccups, it was stopped midway in 2007. The construction finally began in 2011 and since then various deadlines have been proposed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation but it is nowhere near completion.

"I personally visited the site and have instructed the contractor to speed up the work. Now there should not be any more delays," the Mayor told Ludhiana Newsline on Friday.

He said while the ceiling would be complete in another four months and roof framing was going on at present, the second phase of work including electric work, air conditioning and lift installation would start immediately and tenders for it would be floated soon. "I think within one year from now, stadium will be complete," he added.

Gohalwaria said the MC was facing no financial crisis and funds were enough for the stadium and other stalled projects, especially after getting Rs 100 crore loan from Canara Bank.

Commenting on two other projects stalled for past more than 15 years, he said, "Seeing Lakkar bridge, I don't think that the deadline given by MC Commissioner R K Verma to make it operational from one side by July 31 is feasible. I have directed the commissioner to depute senior officials to speed up the work."

On the space acquired by the MC for the past 15 years in Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan to set up a library but with no signs of it yet, he said, "We are hiring interior designers to replicate designs of world-class libraries, and work will start soon."

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