Leaking roof ails Chamundi Vihar indoor stadium

Sports equipment covered with plastic sheets to avoid damage due to seeping rainwater at the Chamundi Vihar Multi-Purpose Indoor Stadium in Mysuru.

The seeping ceiling of the Chamundi Vihar Multi-Purpose Indoor Stadium has become a cause for concern. Besides weakening the building, the seeping water is also damaging the expensive wooden floor designed for sports activities.

“Except for squash and billiards, all indoor games can be played in the Chamundi Vihar Indoor Stadium, measuring 135X64 metres, as it is designed to be multi-purpose. The indoor stadium was built in 1996 to host the 1996 National Youth Games and 1998 National Games, which were held in both Bengaluru and Mysuru,” said K Suresh, Assistant Director for Youth Empowerment and Sports.

He said that the roof has been relaid in 2005, when similar seepage and leakage problems were faced.

“In 2010, on the advise of experts, metallic gel was applied on the roof to plug the leakages. However, the problems continued after some time. Meanwhile, in 2013, wooden floor was laid in the indoor stadium at a cost of Rs 91 lakh. Now, the maintenance and safeguarding of the wooden floor has become difficult due to the seepage. Recently, some patches were identified and plugged by an expert from Hyderabad. However, the problem has not been solved,” he said.

N Divyesh, convenor of NAREDCO-Mysuru, said, re-roofing is the only solution, with foolproof water-proofing to save the facility for future sportspersons.

“The present roof should be replaced with either RCC structure or a fibre roof. Whoever takes up the work should be committed to quality and guarantee life for a fixed period,” he said.

C K Muralidharan, a sports writer, said that a permanent solution should be found for the problem. “Regular maintenance should be done to keep the facility in good shape for use by sportspersons. The Deputy Commissioner and other higher officials should look into the issue. If the authorities concerned opt for fibre roofing, they can go for a transparent one, as it would save a lot of energy spent on lighting of the indoor stadium,” he said.

He said tufflex coating of appropriate thickness should be applied on the wooden floor for the convenience of sportspersons.

History

Suresh said that the idea of building the stadium was mooted by late chief minister R Gundu Rao when he landed here in his helicopter on a temporary helipad on the open ground. “The 32 acres of the lands of the total stadium premises, belonged to the near and dear ones of late maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar. The government took possession of the lands and the process of paying the compensation to the land owners is almost complete. The stadia took a concrete shape by the 1998 National Games. Now almost all sports can be played in multiple venues on the premises,” he said.

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