New Delhi: The renovated Shyama Prasad
Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex, venue for this year`s
Commonwealth Games, was on Sunday inaugurated by Sports Minister
M S Gill and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit here.
Upgraded at a cost of Rs 377 crores, the 5,000-seater
state-of-the-art venue has elliptical shaped aluminium roof.
Also present on the occasion were CWG Organising
Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, State Minister for Sports
and Youth Welfare Pratik P Patil, and Sayan Chatterjee,
Director General of Sports Authority of India.
"This is an outstanding complex and a remarkable
engineering marvel. It is equipped with all the modern
facilities even better than the Melbourne Games," Gill said
after inaugurating the stadium.
"India have gone to the extent of spending lavishly for
the Games in order to produce the best. Each stadium, each
facility is more than what Commonwealth needs. Each stadium
was going to surprise the visitors from all over the world,"
Gill added that Weightlifting stadium and Jawaharlal
Stadium will be ready in next few days and all the stadiums
will be handed over to the Organising Committee by August 1 as
per the agreement between Sports Authority of India and OC.
The complex, which was constructed in 1982 to hold Asian
Games, has the largest covered aquatic stadium in the country
having Olympic-sized racing and diving pools with a six lanes
warm-up pool. It is equipped with basement-filtration plant
and Ozonization plant with pool water heating system.
The stadium is also equipped with green-building features
such as thermal insulation in roof and walls, use of solar
water heating, proper selection of low energy glass for facade
to cut off heat, dual knob flushing cisterns and Ozone
friendly refrigerants in high efficiency HVAC system.
"All the parties concerned have worked hard and all
other stadiums built are also no less than others. This is a
great swimming complex with all the facilities. I am really
looking forward to having great sporting event," Dikshit said.
Kalmadi said, "When the swimmers will come to India they
will find stadium above their expectations. Every
infrastructure is of global standards."