Gangtok: The Paljor stadium here would have
a world class artificial turf very soon, a top Sikkim Sports
and Youth Affairs department official said here on Tuesday.
A US-based firm, Field Turf Tarkett and Great Sports
Infra Private Limited of India are carrying out work to lay an
artificial turf at the Paljor stadium which is scheduled to be
completed by March 31 this year at a total project cost of Rs
3.77 crore, Sikkim Sports and Youth Affairs department
secretary Karma P Bhutia said.
Work for laying the Field Turf Outdoor Series grade of
Astroturf of 65 mm thickness - the same quality as the one
laid at Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata started on January
The artificial turf selected for Paljor Stadium was
manufactured in Georgia, USA, and is virtually maintenance
free and comes with a warranty of eight years, the secretary
Bhutia pointed out that the Salt Lake stadium turf has
already got a 2 star approval rating from FIFA. The rating for
the Paljor stadium turf will be attested after AFC officials
inspects the playing surface.
He said once the artificial turf is laid, the Paljor
stadium ground can be used extensively for football and other
sports without any damage to the surface, providing a
guaranteed playing field for at least 6 days a week.
The secretary said that the department is also in process
of taking up the Bhaichung Stadium in Namchi for development
into a world-class facility and has similar plans for the
Kyongsa Ground in Gyalshing and the Public Ground at Mangan.
He further informed that directives have also been
received from the Chief Minister to set up an archery academy
in South Sikkim.
He also informed that taekwondo, wushu, boxing, archery,
badminton and other medal prospects sport will be given
priority in terms of infrastructure development, coaching and
equipment in the state.