The work is being carried out by American based company; Field Turf Tarkett in association with Great Sports Infra Private Limited of India. The works is scheduled to be completed by 31st of March 2011 at a cost of Rs 3.77crores that has been sanctioned as the cost of the project.
Speaking to media today, the Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Mr. Karma P Bhutia said that this artificial turf has been manufactured in Georgia, USA and it is maintenance free and comes with warranty for eight years. Adding further said that the artificial turf of same quality is laid at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, which have been rated two stars by FIFA. Adding further Mr. Bhutia informed that after completion of the work FIFA or AFC will inspect our ground and would provide rating accordingly. Similarly added that there will be sub-grade consisting of different sizes and aggregates below the turf, which will be rolled and compacted with slopes towards the eastern and western galleries for rain water outlet and Silica and rubber granules would also be pasted on the top of sub-grade.
Secretary further added that once the artificial turf laying is over then the ground can be utilized for any sports inclusive of football which would not damage the surface. Furthermore secretary added that the ground can be used six days a week and no damage in the surface will be seen as this turf is maintenance free too. He added that the game of football here in Paljor Stadium will be faster due to the turf and skilled players would be able to showcase their skills as well.