Cyclone Fani-ravaged Barabati Stadiumawaits repairs before December ODI
CUTTACK: Five months after Cyclone Fani ravaged the Barabati Stadium, restoration work is yet to be taken up. The delay has cast a shadow over the India–West Indies ODI match scheduled at the stadium on December 22.
Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Sanjay Behera said restoration work was not possible due to non-availability of funds. “The OCA has moved the BCCI for Rs 22 crore to ready the stadium for the ODI. We are hopeful that the funds will be released after BCCI’s annual general body meeting on October 23,” Behera told TOI.
Cyclone Fani caused severe damage to properties inside the stadium, particularly the floodlights, state-of-the-art press box, a gallery and digital score board. At least 50% of lights in the floodlight system have been blown away and a sizeable number damaged. The system constitutes of eight poles with 48 high-power lights in each.
The cricket and football venue are equipped with floodlights for day-and-night matches by Kapil Dev’s company Dev Musco. “We have approached Kapil Dev to carry out the floodlights system restoration work. He has agreed to make the floodlights functional for the ODI on December 22,” the OCA secretary said.
According to OCA officials, the state-of-art press box was completely ravaged. The glass wall had completely broken down. Also, the entire adbestos roof of gallery no. 5 was blown away. The players dressing room, corporate box, conference hall, commentary box and club house were partially damaged.
The Sachin Tendulkar Indoor Cricket Hall and clock tower were also damaged in the cyclone. The clock tower is a unique feature of Barabati Stadium with giant clocks on three sides. But dials and hands were dislodged by Fani.