Lahore: The laying of the Blue Desso Turf at the world’s largest National Hockey Stadium began here yesterday even in intermittent conditions that left the entire metropolis quite chilly is in full swing.
The Dutch experts, who have specially flown to Pakistan from Holland to supervise the laying of the world’s finest plastic surface, kept working even in rainy conditions and after having been satisfied with the proper laying of the required shockpads, they have now started to lay the blue turf.
The Punjab government sanctioned Rs 3.5 million for the turf after the Pakistan team won the Asian Games gold medal last year but due to some unscrupulous contractor’s nefarious acts delayed the laying of the turf. That delay forced the Sports Board Punjab to form a committee, which ultimately decided to cancel the tender of that company.
The work was then handed over to TS Builders, which after some delay due to the holding of the Punjab Youth Festival’s national and international events, started the laying of the shockpads and the turf immediately after the stadium was handed over to them on December 3.
The two Dutch experts first laid the shockpads, pasted them to the asphalt base, after it was repaired to the requirement.
According to Mamoon Qureshi of TS Builders, “We want to finish the work as soon as possible and that was why the workers are busy in laying the turf even in such a chilly weather.”
“The Dutch installers, who have been brought specially for the laying of the turf are working with great commitment and no matter what the conditions maybe we would continue work till it is finished,” he added.
The work at the stadium is being carried out under the supervision of Director General Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar. “We are ensuring proper laying of the turf and have also ensured transparency in the conduct of the entire procedure,” said Usman.
He further said that the work will be completed as soon as possible. “We have asked the company laying the turf to finish the work by the end of the month or by the first week of January and we are hopeful they (the company) would finish the work in time,” he maintained.