Mysore, June 2 (MTY&KMC) -The D. Devaraja Urs Multipurpose Stadium (Kusti Akhada) at Dasara Exhibition Grounds here has been modernised with the installation of an arch-shaped roof over an area of 10,000 square feet, without any central pillars or poles for support.

The arch-shaped roof, erected using Korean technology, costs Rs. 45 lakh, said Karnataka Exhibition Authority Chairman (KEA) B.P. Manjunath.

Addressing a press conference here today, Manjunath said that the Galvalume roof was being erected in a simple design — long metal sheets fixed to heavy concrete beams on either ends and bent in the form of an arch in the middle.

"The sheets, joined to each other using heat-compressing machines and rivets, will last for at least 45 years and has zero maintenance," said Manjunath and added that the rust-proof sheet is an alloy of 45 per cent aluminium and 55 per cent zinc. A total of 46 sheets are being used for the arena, each measuring 30.85 ft in length, 5 ft in width and 5 mm in thickness.

"The circular arena with seats in the shape of steps all around, has a capacity to accommodate 12,000 spectators," said Manjunath and added that the Multipurpose Stadium will also be rented out for social ceremonies, sports events and functions of educational institutions.

Presently, 50 workers are engaged in erecting the roof. The sheets are lifted into place by a crane and several Korean machines are being used to splice and rivet the sheets that are blue and white in colour.

Project for Global Investors Meet

Manjunath said that an integrated project Mysore Vision 2010-2025, worth Rs. 454 crore, was submitted to the State Government to be tabled before the investors at the Global Investors' Meet to be held in Bangalore from tomorrow.

"The project comprises Heritage Street Kusti Academy, Theme Garden, Convention Centre, Exhibition Hall, Festival Plaza, Science Park, Art Village and a restaurant," said Manjunath.

Manjunath added that a parking space for 1,086 cars had been identified to be developed using funds from global investors.

"Under the project, the Dasara Exhibition will be provided entrances on all four sides and impressive arches will be erected," he said.

Speaking about the proposed Yeddyurappa Raitha Santhe at the M.G.Road Market Yard, Manjunath said that under the plan, 200 stalls will be provided.

Work on Pravasi Soudha at the Snake Park area near the Exhibition is in progress for which a sum of Rs. 5 crore has been sanctioned, Manjunath said.

Karnataka Exhibition Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr. H.T. Chandrashekhar, Nirmithi Kendra Project Manager Manjunath, KEA Assistant Executive Engineer Jagadeesh and Proflex company's Gajendra were present at the press meet.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore