Dharavi gets a swanky new sports complex

If all goes according to plan, residents around Dharavi will soon be able to burn off steam at a multi-facility sports complex that has been in the making for the last two years. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is nearing the end of construction of the Rs 21-crore Dharavi Sports Complex, situated between the ONGC complex and Dharavi Bus depot.

Building muscle: With the complex in the final stage of construction, residents will soon be allowed to come in and work out. Pic/Atul Kamble

Speaking to MiD DAY, MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawathkar said, “The sports complex coming up in Dharavi is now 90 per cent complete. Built over an area of 12,430 square metres with the main structure enjoying 6,645 square metres, facilities such as squash courts, billiards, badminton, table tennis, carrom and a sophisticated gymnasium will be made available.”

Also the sports complex will house kabaddi and kho-kho grounds, as well as basketball and volleyball courts. However, the main attraction is expected to be a swimming pool of semi-Olympic size, measuring 25x25 metre and another for learners, measuring 12.5x12.5 metre.

“While the infrastructure development remains of paramount significance to us, we feel encouragement of creating a sporting culture signifies total development. The sports complex will be an ideal facility for budding gymnasts and athletes,” said Rahul Asthana, MMRDA Commissioner.

Besides these facilities, the complex also offers 200 and 100 metre running tracks, a spectator gallery with a capacity of about 300 people, an auditorium that can accommodate more than 300 people, a conference room, a library, separate dormitories for men and women, stores, banks, ATM facilities, guest rooms, changing rooms and a cafeteria.

The locals in the area are of the opinion that they should get membership in the club at subsidised rates as there are many youngsters in the area who, if trained and were guided properly could make a career in the field of sports.

When asked when residents could expect to enjoy the facilities of the complex, Kawathkar said, “The complex will be ready once installation of lifts, air-conditioning and other electrification is over. After the complex is ready we will hand it over to the District Sports and Youth Welfare department of the Government of Maharashtra and they will run and maintain the same.”

Top-notch facilities
The complex offers facilities such as squash, billiards, badminton, table tennis, carrom, swimming pool and a gymnasium. It also has 200 and 100 meter running tracks, a spectator gallery, an auditorium, a conference room, a library, separate dormitories for men and women, stores, banks, ATM facilities, guest rooms, changing rooms and a cafeteria

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