Editorial

Sports in Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/23/2018 12:43:29 PM IST

 Against Corruption And Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland has hit the headlines after a period of lull, when it embarked on a fact finding mission on Wednesday over the status of the Multi Disciplinary Sports Complex (MDSC) in Dimapur which was started in 2006 and supposed to have been completed by 2009. As per information made available to media persons by the contractor, the project was to have been jointly funded between the centre and the state but that since inception, no money was released by the state government. As per the information, the centre had been releasing a sum of Rs.10 crore annually and the total received was around Rs.57 crore. It is yet to be ascertained whether the centre had been giving money from 2006 and finally closed the tap by 2013. The project that was started in 2006 was to have completed in 2009. One interesting yet strange fact about the project is that the state government had not released its share of the money towards funding the project since 2006. This is indeed very strange because, had the state government consistently failed to release its share, then the Centre would have also withheld release of money. Also there appears to be less known about the actual cost of the project except the information that the demand is for Rs.100 crore. It is also strange that a sports complex of such a huge magnitude involving almost all important games, with the stadium, tracks and sitting arrangements etc did not have a complete project report along with the estimate. Even if there was any such Detailed Project Report(DPR), it is wondered as to what extent had the centre agreed to fund the project and how much? Going by what was made available, Rs.100 crore was certainly not at all enough to build such a huge multi sports complex. The state youth resource department has to come out with facts and figures to enlighten the public about a project that has been dogged by alleged non payment etc. It was also alleged that the project had grounded to a halt for want of funds. It is unthinkable that the state government and the department (YRS) have been ignorant about the fact that all civil works had stopped since 2013, as alleged after payments dried up. The story of the MDSC also gives an insight into the state government’s policy to promote sports which has been laid bare. Instead such grandiose policies appear to reveal a thin veneer of seriousness as lack of commitment and corruption always swing the deal to bedevil all good plans. Today, the MDSC looks like a haunted place with its exposed steel rods and the darkened and weather-beaten concrete slabs that look as if they belong to a medieval time. Even if work were to resume, there will always be an issue between mixing the new concrete structure with those which are around 12 years old. The exposed MS Rods have also been tampered by the vicissitudes of nature which would have also affected their quality. What is important now is that there is need for transparency in the entire deal so that the interests of both the contractor and the public can be safeguarded. If the MDSC can finally be functionalised then it will certainly serve as foundation for promoting sports culture in Nagaland.

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