GANGTOK,May28- The renovated Paljor Stadium with its world class artificial turf field was inaugurated formally by the Sikkim Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling on 28th of May.
The inauguration day saw an exhibition match between Bhaichung Bhutia’s United Sikkim Football Club (USFC) and Minister’s XI comprising of Sikkimese Footballers playing in different clubs around the country and some foreign players. The function also witnessed drills performed by the different school students as well. The turf laid at Paljor stadium is manufactured by the Field Turf Tarkett, Georgia, USA whereas the project was executed by the Great Sports Infrastructure Private Limited which started on 1st of January this year. The total sanctioned cost for the project is Rs.3.77 crores. Apart from laying the artificial turf, the department of sports had also taken up many renovation works in the Paljor stadium.
Addressing the people in Stadium,Gangtok MLA & the Secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Mr. Karma P Bhutia mentioned that the entire infrastructure development is the contribution of the Sikkim Chief Minister to the people of Sikkim .
Secretary Mr. Bhutia added that, due to joint efforts from all concerned corners the project was completed at the right time and also added that the surface was composed of monofilament polyethylene blend fibres tufted into a polypropylene backing.
Furthermore Secretary informed that, the artificial turf will help the footballer to improve their technical skills and added that, the United Sikkim Football Club has approached the department for using the Paljor Stadium and the department will provide them the ground only after paying the fees applicable