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Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium: A stellar example of civil engineering
May 2012


The stadium built at a cost of Rs 300 crore is at par with the best in the world in terms of infrastructure


The grand opening of Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium at Gahunje near Pune saw a mélange of sequences studded and showcased with the dance and attire of various regions of India in the presence of several celebrities and luminaries from all walks of life. The performers included Preity Zinta, Jacqueline Fernandes, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Prachi Desai, Sameera Reddy, Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra. The stadium was inaugurated by International Cricket Council (ICC) President and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan and Subrata Roy, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar. President of the International Cricket Council and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar recently inaugurated the all new state-of-the-art International Cricket Stadium at Gahunje set up by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Ajit Pawar, the Dy Chief Minister, and Subrata Roy, Chairman and Managing Worker of Sahara India Pariwar were present at the inauguration ceremony.

With the inauguration of the stadium, the IPL team Pune Warriors India would have a home ground. The Maharashtra Cricket Association had embarked upon building its own stadium in 2007 after locating a suitable land at Gahunje; alongside the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Sahara India Parivar invested more than Rs 300 crore to build the stadium. Sahara and the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) entered into an agreement when the Maharashtra cricket body was in search for a venue to stage international matches.

“We are happy to see that our long standing dream of having an International Cricket Stadium in Pune is now realized. The stadium is not only at par with just the best in the world in terms of infrastructure but also boasts of being at one of the most strategic and picturesque locations”, said Ajay Shirke, President of Maharashtra Cricket Association, the owner of the stadium. The stadium will offer an opportunity to the cricket fans in the region to watch the IPL action live.

While highlighting the features of the new stadium Shirke said that the new stadium has been designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, whereas the structural design has been done by AKT, UK, setting up a stellar example of civil engineering.

Shapoorji Pallonji & Company constructed the stadium with the modern precast design and construction expertise imported from Dubai. A special casting yard was set up adjacent to the stadium by Shapoorji Pallonji to ensure impeccable quality of construction.

One of the most important features of the stadium is its rain water drainage system. It has been observed that many times rain plays a spoilsport and even light showers for some time force organizers to alter the match size/duration. To overcome this problem MCA has opted for sand-based outfield developed departmentally with technical assistance from STRI, UK.

This technology facilitates faster drainage of rain water and in order to achieve this a geo-textile fabric has been installed above the ground and perforated PVC pipes have been laid down to slope in trenches. The system has been successfully tested. Even during the heavy showers, water on the outfield drained out fast making it ready for play again just in some minutes.

The stadium currently has the capacity to accommodate as many as 45,000 spectators. Keeping in mind the comfort of spectators, superior and even quality tip-up seats have been imported from Australia and have been installed in all areas of the stadium. The stadium and the seating arrangement have been designed in such a way that an unobstructed view is assured from each and every location making it the best match viewing experience. Adequate arrangement of flood lights and 4 big LED screens strategically placed at different locations in the stadium are all set to enhance the match viewing experience, where everyone gets to watch the replays without moving away from their seats. There are 32 Corporate Boxes at the stadium out of which 17 have been sold by MCA and the remaining ones shall be sold to general public on match days. Toilets, drinking water, snacks counters and first-aid stations have been provided at the stadium for the benefit of spectators.

To facilitate comfortable access by 4-wheelers to the stadium, service roads have been built on both the sides of expressway, whereas the two wheelers traffic to the stadium shall be directed from Dehu Road (Old Pune–Mumbai highway) from the Mamurdi village. There would be plenty of signages on the roads to guide traffic to stadium, a team of traffic cops and parking attendants would also be there to maintain the traffic flow.

Adequate parking facilities have been provided to the spectators. Almost 15 acres of land around the stadium has been utilized for parking, which has a capacity to accommodate over 5,000 cars and 12,000 two-wheelers.

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