Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Indoor stadium, touted to be one of the best indoor sporting facilities in the country, is undergoing major renovation to host the Commonwealth Table Tennis tournament.
While it was built at a cost of Rs 23 crore in 1998, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is spending Rs 19 crore for the major structural renovation work.
The hefty spending has been necessitated as the building has become structurally weak in just over 10 years.
Besides natural calamities like 2006 floods and 2001 earthquake, lack of regular maintenance and rampant use for cultural programmes like Navratri has resulted in weakening of the structure.
The upper dome surface and the inner acoustics have damaged the whole structure slowly but steadily.
After 10 years of continuous Navrati Mohatsavs held at the Indoor stadium, SMC would have earned at the most Rs 10 crore, but experts said that the high-decibel sound effects were not good for the building.
This has, however, not deterred SMC from holding Navratri this year too at the stadium. Nirav Shah, chairman, standing committee said, “We will rent this stadium for this year’s Navratri if it is ready in time.”
D C Gandhi, executive engineer, head of the Indoor stadium renovation project said, “The repairs are likely to be completed by end of August. The project is mainly designed for sporting events.”