Goa appears to be bracing to host the 36th National Games, at last, with the work orders for the last few venues being awarded and commenced. The Government has shortlisted twenty one tentative venues from which the complex at Sawalwada in Pernem, the Astros turf hockey ground and tennis and squash courts had to be built from scratch. The remaining venues are being refurbished to meet Olympic standards.
“Work is going on as planned. The last work orders have been issued and work will start on August 1. The works that had already started are on schedule,” stated a senior government official overseeing the preparations for the national Games from the secretariat.
“ We did have a few technical problems in the Chief Ministers absence. Now that he is back, he has got all matters sorted and just like the other major events hosted in his tenure, the National Games will be another success,” he added.
“The delays were due to the issue of tenders. It is really not a problem now as the National Games are going to be held from May 30 to June 15,2019. We would have been ready for the November schedule had the Chief Minister not to leave for treatment to America,” stated our sources.
“The hockey Astro turf and tennis will be ready by December. All other venues will be ready by February 15. With all work orders being issued, the technical team will be doing a physical assessment of the progress. Where need be, two shifts will be deployed and work will be carried on simultaneously,” stated SAG Chief Engineer SN Chimulkar.
“The foundation stone of the Sawalwada Complex in Pernem has been laid and work to the tune of Rs 37,30,08,874 crore has been awarded. The complex will consists of an Olympic standard multipurpose indoor hall which will host fencing and weightlifting during the National Games,” stated our sources in the Chief Ministers Office (CMO). “Work orders worth Rs 37,3008,874 have been issued,” added our sources.
“The demolition of the indoor stadium in Campal will start in August and the reconstructed hall will have independent facilities for table tennis, boxing and badminton once the Games are over. The Campal Multipurpose Hall will centre will be used to host table tennis and gymnastics during the Games. The government has released work orders worth Rs 16,6467,388 for the same,” stated our sources in the Secretariat.
“We were waiting for the badminton tournaments to finish in Ponda and now that they are over work will start there too. Work orders worth Rs 10,5472,863 have been issued for the same,” disclosed our sources.
The Navelim Sports Complex is nearing completion with just around twenty per cent of work remaining. Wooden flooring , sitting arrangements and finishing touches are required and we shall be the first to be ready,” stated a Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) engineer delegated to overse the work in Navelim.
“We are building temporary overlays in Colvale, Miramar and Dona Paula for the water sports events. Our priority was the Astroturf for hockey, tennis and squash. It is now a matter of keeping tab on whether the time schedules set by our chief Engineer to the contractors are being adhered,” stated a member of SAG.
“ The Chief Minister will be going back to USA on August 9 and is expected back within a fortnight. We foresee no problems now in his absence this time,” concluded a source in the CMO.