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Dilapidated warehouse transformed into indoor stadium!

By Sivasish Thakur

GUWAHATI, Aug 14 - Thanks to some out-of-the-box thinking on the part of a bureaucrat, an abandoned, ramshackle warehouse at Sadiya today stands transformed into a vibrant indoor stadium and multipurpose hall.

The transformation is all the more significant because the backward Sadiya subdivision has neither an indoor stadium nor a multipurpose auditorium.

The STATEFED warehouse located within a distance of a hundred metres from the SDO (C) Office, Sadiya, was built in the 1990s but had never been used for the purpose it was built for.

�Lack of use and maintenance for over a decade gave it a totally dilapidated look. It was lying abandoned, as the roof had worn out and there was water seepage from the wall as well. I got in touch with the Assistant Executive Engineer, PWD (B), Bijoy Borpujari to prepare a plan and an estimate for renovation. I also approached Pradan Boruah, MP, Lakhimpur for some financial assistance from his MP Area Development Fund,� Biswajit Phukan, SDO (C), the man behind the innovation, told The Assam Tribune.

After the hall was renovated, the hall named �Satphul Bhawan� � has been made open for public for sporting activities. It has already hosted a Table Tennis Summer Camp for students of Class III-IX from July 14 to August 4 where 30 students participated. August 5 onwards, it is hosting regular table tennis practice sessions for students in the afternoon and evening.

�At the moment we have three table tennis boards but we will be procuring one more soon. We have also engaged a professional table tennis coach from Dibrugarh. As it is a multipurpose hall with a sitting capacity for 250 people, we are hosting yoga sessions in the morning,� Phukan said.

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Dilapidated warehouse transformed into indoor stadium!

GUWAHATI, Aug 14 - Thanks to some out-of-the-box thinking on the part of a bureaucrat, an abandoned, ramshackle warehouse at Sadiya today stands transformed into a vibrant indoor stadium and multipurpose hall.

The transformation is all the more significant because the backward Sadiya subdivision has neither an indoor stadium nor a multipurpose auditorium.

The STATEFED warehouse located within a distance of a hundred metres from the SDO (C) Office, Sadiya, was built in the 1990s but had never been used for the purpose it was built for.

�Lack of use and maintenance for over a decade gave it a totally dilapidated look. It was lying abandoned, as the roof had worn out and there was water seepage from the wall as well. I got in touch with the Assistant Executive Engineer, PWD (B), Bijoy Borpujari to prepare a plan and an estimate for renovation. I also approached Pradan Boruah, MP, Lakhimpur for some financial assistance from his MP Area Development Fund,� Biswajit Phukan, SDO (C), the man behind the innovation, told The Assam Tribune.

After the hall was renovated, the hall named �Satphul Bhawan� � has been made open for public for sporting activities. It has already hosted a Table Tennis Summer Camp for students of Class III-IX from July 14 to August 4 where 30 students participated. August 5 onwards, it is hosting regular table tennis practice sessions for students in the afternoon and evening.

�At the moment we have three table tennis boards but we will be procuring one more soon. We have also engaged a professional table tennis coach from Dibrugarh. As it is a multipurpose hall with a sitting capacity for 250 people, we are hosting yoga sessions in the morning,� Phukan said.