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Kyongsa stadium first phase to be completed this June

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 13:15 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 07:14 [IST]

Kyongsa stadium first phase to be completed this June

KUSH HANG LEEWANG
GEYZING: West Sikkim will have its own sports stadium very soon as the first phase of the construction work of the Kyongsa Sports Stadium project near district headquarters Geyzing is nearing completion.
The stadium construction project was in limbo since many years and had drawn strong criticism of the people of west district as the project was delayed after an initial start.
Tender for Kyongsa Sports Stadium project initiated by the previous SDF government through Sports & Youth Affairs department was passed in 2011 with the project completion date as 2013. However, the project did not see any progress after an initial start due to sudden demise of the concerned contractorwho was overseeing the project.
Later, the stadium construction cost of the project was rescinded and the project was handed over to two contractors in May 2018 by the concerned department.  The revised construction cost of the stadium project is Rs. 15.12 crore. Since then the construction work has caught the pace and the first phase of the construction work is expected to be over by June this year.
In the first phase of the project, construction of sports infrastructures such as parking lot at the ground floor, girls and boys hostels having other necessary facilities in the second floor and conference hall, waiting hall and sports-based offices in the third floor along with gymnasium are being initiated and the construction work is being done in war footing.
Contractor Pema Bhutia informed over the phone that the set target for completion of the first phase of the construction work is June this year.
Tapan Burman, a junior engineer working in the project, informed that everything is set and the construction work is being initiated at a considerable pace to complete the project within a set target.
Once the project becomes a reality, Kyongsa Stadium is expected to play a pivotal role in development and upliftment of sports in West Sikkim. It can be a crucial sports-based infrastructure having necessary facilities required by the sportspersons of West Sikkim to develop and nourish their skills and talents.
“Kyongsa Sports Stadium is a long awaited project and it is good to learn that the project is gradually becoming a reality. We aspire that the stadium will contribute a lot towards sports sector of the State in near future and many sporting talents will get a bigger platform,” a local footballer said.
Archer Dawdey Bhutia expressed that Kyongsa Sports Stadium was a dream project for the people of West Sikkim and the stadium in the district would facilitate the sportspersons in many ways. “Sports-based infrastructures aid the sportspersons in many ways. They get the facilities necessary for development and improvement of their sporting skills,” she added.
People here opine that they are happy to see the progress regarding the project gaining momentum off late. They believe that the second phase of the project will get a fresh start very soon.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi