RTMNU ‘playing’ with sports facilities

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 May 2018 09:52:03


By Ajay Mardikar,

The sports facilities at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Nagpur University (RTMNU) are getting some uplift, with the laying of synthetic track for athletes, at the sports ground in front of Subhedar Hall of the varsity.
After a very long wait, the work is likely to start, immediately after the ongoing Khasdar Krida Mahotsav concludes.
The other facilities and teaching staff vacancies, however, are yet to catch attention of the authorities.

The proposal of the synthetic track on the University ground, in front of Subhedar Hall, was moved several years back, but was not followed up by the University authorities. With the Centre providing financial help of about Rs 3 crore, the work will soon be started, it is learnt.
The existing cinder track was also prepared when ‘The Hitavada’ reported on poor condition of earlier track and held discussion with the then Vice-Chancellor Girish Gokhale on badminton courts with wooden floor at Subhedar Hall. Several athletes who brought laurels to the University were practising on the track, which was in poor condition earlier.

In its annual budget, the University has provided funds for repair, maintenance and development of the sports facilities. Completion of the work on new synthetic track is likely to take a long time as digging out of the 400 metre, eight-lane track down to five feet will be required for proper laying of the synthetic track. The present track, which is about 10 metres wide, will be widened further by about two-and-a-half feet. After digging out about five feet, layers of boulders, metal of different sizes, mud and cinder will be placed with adequate watering.

The synthetic track will then be laid after properly levelling and ramming the surface of the entire track. The drainage system will also require repair to prevent damage to the track due to rains.
Fortunately, the ground has been protected with cement concrete boundary wall. Earlier, stray cattle were freely moving around on the ground. People used the ground for car or two-wheeler driving practice. The anti-social elements had been using the place as an open-air bar. Lover-couples were using the ground for their activities beyond the socially accepted norms.

The athletes and morning walkers were confronted with animal dung, liquor and water bottles, condoms on the track. Although this menace has been controlled, there is no regular Head of the Physical Education Department and even Director of Physical Education and Culture. The post-graduate Department of Physical Education does not have any regular teacher. The post of one professor, two Associate Professors and three Assistant Professors are vacant. This has led to neglect of the facility.

The Post-graduate Department of Physical Education and gymnasium hall have not been protected properly. Without the bird nets, a large number of pigeons enter the hall in the evening, build nests and lay eggs. Those entering the gym have to clean the premises of bird shit and eggs that fall from the nests, before actually starting training.
The last inter-university sports festival fortunately helped in repairing the volleyball, handball and basketball grounds. The work of maintenance of Subhedar badminton hall is in progress.

LIT swimming tank
Besides the sports facilities at the University Ground, the swimming tank at Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT) premises has become a garbage dumping pit. The tank, which once attracted a large number of swimmers of city, has not been used for well over two decades.
The tank in the left corner of the original frontage of the main building, is half filled with garbage, including liquor bottles and plastic bottles and plates. It appears that this place is also used by anti-social elements for consuming liquor and for other anti-social activities.

The medium type tank can be remodelled to host swimming competitions at various levels.
The tank was constructed in 1951 by spending Rs 37,839. Two changing rooms and wash rooms in 600 sqft were available near the tank. Those facilities can also be developed along with the task of converting the present structure to international standards, with some efforts and lots of will-power.

The alumni association of LIT, which had organised an international seminar recently, may be ready to help the prestigious institution in rejuvenating the tank.
Systematic planning can help in developing the sports facilities at the university. By letting out those facilities for other sporting events, sizeable revenue can be generated and used for maintenance of the facilities. This is possible if regular staff is appointed by the University.