taking a walk: photos | stories | essays

29 July 2011

Pigeon shit at Siri Fort Stadium

This is where badminton player Saina Nehwal won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in October 2010. Then hundreds of people had thronged here and pushed and shoved to enter the stadium, yelling and kicking, holding their tickets high and waving for the staff to notice and let them in. 

Now it's a ghost town.

Because the authorities think it's a bad idea to let the masses use the world-class facility. The entire place has been nailed shut. 

The Siri Fort Stadium located within the older Siri Fort sports complex is maintained by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). The stadium was completed just in time before foreign athletes flew down to Delhi for the games. It was the venue for badminton and squash battles.

 A young systems engineer with six-month experience was the only person present inside the building. "I take care of security installation and circuits. I don't have much to do all day and I get bored alone," he said. "Will you eat with me today?"

Lakhs of rupees are spent on electricity and maintenance. One of the security guards, who did not want to appear here, said he has a kid in school who plays badminton. He is puzzled why the DDA doesn't allow people to use the facility.

The government keeps saying this country's sports talent needs world-class nurturing. But that turns out to be a lie. The DDA wants to maintain quality between events as letting people in and out freely may damage the insides.

Another group is protesting against the stadium's closure, and they are  using this place for target practice.

There they are.

(With Anamika Nandedkar, senior staff writer, Hindustan Times)

1 comment:

  1. Our system is useless. Lakhoo ton aanaj saada denge par garibon ko nahin batainge, world class stadium kharab hone denge par public ke liye nahin kholenge, saare afsar aur neta baimaan phir bhi mera desh mahan....

    Anyway good story.....keep it up



take a walk

AFSPA Agra Allahabad ansal plaza Arunachal Pradesh Assam Bandipur beijing china Bishnupur Burdwan chail chanakyapuri delhi Chandni Chowk chandni chowk delhi chitrakala parishath bangalore karnataka chittaranjan park chittaranjan park delhi comic con delhi Connaught Place connaught place delhi cr park Crafts Museum dahej gujarat dalhousie himachal pradesh dastkar nature bazaar deer park Delhi Delhi days dignagar west bengal dilli haat delhi durga puja esplanade kolkata fagu fort kochi kerala gandhi smriti delhi Ganga gangtok sikkim gautam nagar delhi gauteng south africa Ghalib Kebab Corner goa Grand Trunk Road grand trunk road west bengal Green Park GT Road GT Road West Bengal haa valley bhutan hampi karnakata hauz khas village hauz khas village delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin himachal pradesh hua hin thailand Humayun's Tomb IGNCA imphal manipur INA Delhi india gate delhi Indian Coffee House indian railways IRCTC Irom Sharmila isle of wight united kingdom jaipur rajasthan jaisalmer rajasthan janpath delhi jantar mantar delhi jhandewalan delhi kalkaji delhi kandhamal odisha Karnataka Kasauli Himachal Pradesh Khub Chand & Bros Kolkata kolkata west bengal Kumaon Uttarakhand Kumbh Mela Kumbh Mela 2019 lajpat nagar delhi langol manipur Lansdowne uttarakhand lodhi road delhi m g road bangalore karnataka Majnu ka Tilla Delhi mali africa Manipur mcleod ganj himachal pradesh Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland nagarhole national park karnataka National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum nehru place New Delhi New Delhi Railway Station New Delhi World Book Fair 2019 new mehrauli road delhi Nizamuddin nizamuddin delhi Nongstoin Meghalaya Northeast India old delhi Outer Ring Road Outer Ring Road Delhi Paharganj palace grounds bangalore karnataka paris france paro bhutan politics pork Pragati Maidan pragati maidan delhi Prayagraj railways Rajdhani Express rajpath delhi ramlila maidan delhi Regal Theatre rishikesh uttarakhand safdarjung enclave delhi saket delhi Sam's Cafe sandakphu west bengal Sangam sariska rajasthan sarojini nagar delhi shahpur jat delhi shillong meghalaya shoppers stop shorts singapore siri fort stadium delhi sri lanka sundar nagar delhi thimphu bhutan train journey trains Tripura Udaipur Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand Uttarkashi Varanasi West Bengal Yamuna yusuf sarai delhi


Journalist. Taking a walk in India. | Email to journeybasket[at]gmail | Special thanks to M.S. Gopal | All rights reserved. No commercial use.

subscribe to journey basket feed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

on facebook