By Paritosh Pramanik :
THE wait is finally over. After several delays, the laying of synthetic track at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Sports Complex in Ravi Nagar will commence in a week’s time. RTMNU’s athletics synthetic track will be second in Nagpur after the one at Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur. “The rubber material for the eight-lane synthetic track has already arrived in the city and the work of laying will begin once the World Athletics officials (Observers) arrive in Nagpur,” informed Dr Sharad Suryawanshi, Director, Physical Education and Sports Department, RTMNU while talking with ‘The Hitavada’ on Saturday. “We received the World Athletics approved material two months back. The contractor for the track is Sports Facilities Company Limited, Mumbai. Licensed officials from World Athletics will be arriving in a week’s time and we will start laying off the track in 8-10 days. At present the solution, which will bind the synthetic track, has been applied on the track,” Dr Suryawanshi informed. The synthetic track is being constructed as per the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) or World Athletics’ norms. It will have eight lanes along with steeple chase, jumping pits for long and triple jumps. The entire track area is already fenced.
The track also has a grass surface football ground in the middle. “The work of the water filtration plant is also over. A sump of around 5 lakh litres has been constructed where the used water of track will be collected and treated. The treated water will then be used to water the football ground,” said Dr Suryawanshi. “An added sump with a capacity of around 2 lakh litres has also been constructed to store the overflowing water from the bigger sump,” added Dr Suryawanshi, who is also Secretary of Nagpur District Athletics Association.