Commonwealth Games are the largest convergence of the sports loving nations after Olympics. It is expected that approximately 8,000 athletes and officials from 71 participating nations will arrive for competing in 17 sports disciplines. These Games will leave legacy of new and upgraded sports facilities. Delhi is now getting ready with 11competition venues and 43 training venues by providing world class infrastructure for these games. Here’s a brief glimpse of the preparation going on to host the Games.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium shall be the hub center of the games activities. Besides housing the offices of Organizing Committee, the stadium is the venue for opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, lawn bowling, and weightlifting.
Thyagaraja Sports Complex: PWD is developing Thyagaraja Sports Complex, which will serve as multipurpose Indoor Stadium for net ball and athletic training track. At an estimated cost of Rs. 298 Crores, work for this stadium is slated to be over by December 2009.
Talkatora Stadium: Similarly, Talkatora Stadium which is the venue for Boxing is being upgraded and refurbished by NDMC at a cost of Rs. 150 crores. New spaces are being created for warming up areas and other activities.
Major Dhyanchand National Stadium: Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, which is the venue for hockey shall have two competition pitches and one warm up pitch with floodlights for hockey.
Indira Gandhi Sports Compex: I.G. Stadium Sports Complex is the venue for gymnastics, wrestling and cycling. The new surface Timber Track will be laid out for the cycling event.
Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range: At Dr. Karni Singh Shooting range, a 10m indoor airconditioned range and separate 25m range will be built at the same location. All ranges will have electronic target system and other support facilities comparable to the best in the world.
Yamuna Sports Complex: Yamuna Sports Complex too brings good news for the sports lovers. This complex shall have a new airconditioned stadium with a capacity of 5,000 for archery (qualification) and table tennis events.
SMP Swimming Complex: This is the venue for aquatics and one competition pool, one warm-up pool and one diving pool is being created for the event.
Siri Fort Complex: Competition venue for badminton and squash events with total 8 badminton courts and 11 squash courts.
R.K. Khanna Stadium: This is the venue of tennis event with facility for 10 match courts and 4 warm up courts with the sitting capacity of 6,000.
Delhi University Sports complex: This has been selected as the venue for rugby 7s event and the new stadium with sitting capacity of 10,000 is being constructed for the purpose.
Apart from the main competition venues, training venues for all the events are also being constructed at different locations. Of the 43 training venues, 27 training venues are being newly created. PWD is developing Chhatrasal Stadium and Ludlow Castle as training venues for athletics and wrestling respectively at an approximate cost of Rs. 100 crores and Rs. 20 crores. NDMC is also developing Shivaji Stadium as a training venue for hockey at a cost of Rs. 100
With the emphasis for making Commonwealth Games 2010 as the Green Games, it has been ensured by Government agencies to follow the norms of Green Building while constructing the venues. For example, at the Thyagaraja Sport Complex, a new stadium for netball, there is provision for Rain Water Harvesting and Rain Water use. The building is so constructed to allow natural light to the maximum extent possible. Solar energy will be used for lighting the compound, corridors, toilets and other service areas. For heating insulation, venue is designed to have walls with hollow concrete blocks, glazing with double insulated glass and thermal insulation on roof and wall. Recycled water will be used for flushing and horticulture. Further, dual knob flushing cisterns and adjustable flow taps/censors is being used for conservation of water. To lay emphasis on clean fuel, hot recovery process will be used in chillers and gas turbine type generator sets have been provided.