Mysuru: The heavy downpour on Friday morning exposed the prevailing condition of the University of Mysore Athletic ground (Oval Ground).
After nearly 33 years, University of Mysore decided to upgrade and renovate its athletic ground (Oval Ground) at a cost of Rs 1.25 Crore. The eight line cinder athletic track ground was established in 1982 and as part of centenary celebrations, the varsity decided to relay 400 mtr cinder track and also proposed to come out with sprinkler and drainage system. Apart from this, the authorities also decided to have the much needed dressing rooms for men and women, restroom, multi gym hall, chain link fencing around the compound so that apart from athletes, public and animals movement can be restricted. A separate mud walking path for the strollers around the compound and a permanent stage was also proposed at the ground premise.
P Krishnaiah, Director (in-charge) Department of Physical Education, University of Mysore said, “Few athletes and physical education teachers who regularly practise at athletic ground brought to my notice the water in track. Immediately, I contacted our Executive Engineer Kishore Chandra who assured to do the needful at the earliest.
Though most of the works have been undertaken by the authorities concerned, the much needed relaying of track was not taken up which was also confirmed by H Kishore Chandra. He said, “Apart from supplementary work we have not taken up anything major inside the track. The track remains almost the same but we have come up with works which includes chain link fencing, stage, separate toilet facilities for both men and women. On Friday, I received a call from Krishnaiah, Director (in-charge), Department of Physical Education with regard water stagnating in the track. We will inspect and take suitable steps to prevent water in the track”. The renovation work was undertaken during the tenure of C Krishna who was the director of Department of Physical Education.