Khel Gaon, lone bright spot in the dark at National Games
Ranchi: Amid all the negative news that has dogged the 34th National Games, the Khel Gaon built in close proximity of the Mega Sports Complex here is one bright spot which asks for attention.
The sprawling Athletes Village has 31 nine-storied apartments, four row houses and a duplex bungalow housing about 10,000 athletes.
Nicely lit up in the evening, the place in the backdrop of Sal forest provides a colourful and vibrant ambiance.
At the end of the day, the Village becomes abuzz with a lot of social and cultural activities with athletes and delegates enjoying every minute of their stay here.
It has a makeshift shopping complex with general store, food joint, men`s and women`s parlour, an ATM, cybercafe, laundry house, and a Jharcraft (handicrafts of the state) store.
But the major attraction of the Khel Gaon is its food plaza -- the dining complex -- which serves varied delicacies, right from appetisers to main course to desserts.
Gujarat swimming team manager Neha Trivedi said the best part of the Khel Gaon was food and the elaborate arrangements
made for the comfort of the athletes.
"Food is rich in protein. We are vegetarians but they have given careful thought in choosing the menu. It`s delicious," Trivedi said.
"We had heard all bad things about the Games but we realised what it is after coming here. The arrangement is very nice. People are very friendly and the service is very quick.
"We asked to clean the house at 11:00 pm after arriving here and the staff did it right away," said Trivedi, who is putting up in a three-bed room flat along with 10 women swimmers.
To meet the heavy demand, around thousand cooks have been employed and special emphases have been laid on the quality, hygiene and speed, said chef Vijay Sharma.
Right from cutting and chopping of vegetables to cooking rice and making chapatis, everything is mechanised.
"The machine making chapatis can make 2,000 pieces while 120 kg of rice can be cooked in the specially designed cooker," said Sharma.
"No one is allowed to enter the cooking area without cap and apron. Chicken and other non-vegetarian products are also bought daily so that preparation tastes the best," he said.
Entertainment of the athletes at the Village has also been given a top priority by the organisers.
Every day there is a cultural evening. Yesterday, Orissa`s Prince Dance Group of the India`s Got Talent fame mesmerised the athletes.
For those who like to spend time watching movies, the organisers have arranged special movie shows, twice daily in the auditorium.
Security of the participants marks the top priority. Each block has quality control office at ground level where any problem is addressed within 10 minutes, said B K Bhatnagar, manager quality control.
"We are not compromising on anything. They are our guests we are trying our best to make their stay comfortable here.
Our staffs are available round the clock to give service 24x7," he said.
Medical facility is another aspect which has been taken care off with with two physiotherapy OPDs and two medical OPDs, one mini operation theatre and two doctors available round the clock .