Railway Sports Complex
Member Staff, Railway Board & President, Railway Sports Promotion Board, S.N. Agarawal, commissioned the upgraded sports facilities at the Waltair Railway Division in the presence of DRM, Waltair Mukul Saran Mathur, Principal Chief Personnel Officer, ECoR, P.C. Nayak, and a few others. The Railway Sports Promotion Board, which came up with master plan to upgrade all sports facilities in 2017, has finished the project within eight months.
The renowned cricket stadium, which is now named as Waltair Railway Stadium is going to be an asset and it is ready to host first-class cricket matches, Waltair Railway Division officials expressed.
The cricket ground was extended to a 72-meter radius and was remodeled with subsurface ground drainage, underground sprinkler facilities and latest grassing according to higher. The pitch and outfield were developed with the help of Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association (VDCA) and Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) technical personnel.
The pavilions were modified with all the modern facilities of WiFi, Masseur tables and VIP Lounges, weightlifting hall and gym and an air-conditioned sports dormitory has also been developed in the cricket stadium. The Waltair division highers say that all the equipment and items were prepared as per BCCI standards.
The old badminton court was also converted into a boxing hall with modern facilities. The Railway Indoor Sports Enclave (RISE) is now ready with wooden flooring consists of six table tennis courts,10 badminton courts and for martial arts training. The swimming pool was also renovated.
Moreover, the exhibition ground is also now being converted into a full-fledged football stadium with an athletic track around it. The railway officials say that work will be completed in the next three months.
“The renovation works of facilities and construction of new complex consisting of a wonderful cricket stadium with floodlit courts of volleyball, tennis (synthetic & clay), basketball, ball badminton, sports conference hall & a modern sports dormitory, swimming pool aided with a gymnasium was completed in a record time of 8 months with an investment of Rs.3.5 crore,” the railway officials said in a release on Saturday.