Gyalshing, 23 Feb:
West district will have its own sports stadium very soon as the first phase of the construction work of the Kyongsa Sports Stadium project near Gyalshing under Yangthang constituency is nearing completion.
The stadium’s construction project was in limbo for many years and had drawn sharp criticism from the people of West district.
It may be mentioned here that the tender for Kyongsa Sports Stadium Project was passed by the previous SDF government through Sports and Youth Affairs department in 2011 with the stipulated date of completion as 2013.
However, soon after it began the project came to a halt after the sudden demise of the concerned contractor Late Ratan Mundra who was overseeing the project. Later, the project was handed over to contractors Anand Agarwal and Pema Bhutia in May 2018 by the concerned department. Since then the construction work took off and the first phase of the construction work is expected to be over by June this year. Rs 15.12 crore is the revised construction cost of the project.
The first phase of the project includes construction of sports infrastructures such as parking lot, girls and boys sports hostel, conference hall, waiting hall, office space, gymnasium, etc.
Contractor, Pema Bhutia informed over the phone that the set target for completion of first phase of the construction work is June this year.
Tapan Burman, a junior engineer working in the project, informed that everything is going as planned and the construction work is going on at the required pace to complete the project within the set target.
Archer Dawdey Bhutia expressed that Kyongsa Sports Stadium was a dream project for the people of West Sikkim and coming up of the stadium in the district would help sportspersons in many ways. "Sports infrastructures aid sports persons in many ways. They get the facilities necessary for development and improvement of their sporting skills," she added.