IMPHAL, Sept 9 – A FIFA artificial-turf consultant from France Anthony Apparially who arrived for a 3-day visit here on Saturday evening began to inspect the final testing of the artificial turf laid within the Khuman Lampak Sports complex area on Sunday.
The artificial turf had been constructed in the State under the ‘Win in India with India project” under FIFA fundings. The laying of the turf was done by Lemonta Sports, Italy.
Work on the artificial turf laying started on July 2010, though the State Government had submitted the proposal for the project in 2009. FIFA had altogether picked four stadiums in the country including the one at the Khuman Lampak for the project.The other three stadiums in Shillong, Bangalore and in Maharashtra except Imphal are already in use. However, even though the laying of the artificial turf has already been completed, the State authorities are yet to take up the other aspects of the stadium including the spectators gallery, players’ changing rooms, etc.
“We’ll begin to use the stadium once the construction of other necessary infrastructure are completed,” says secretary L Ranjit Roy of All Manipur Football Association when contacted. The government should consider the completion of the other stadium infrastructure at the earliest so that players of the State could play in artificial turfs like in other parts of the world.
Playing on such ground will help the State players while playing outside the State, football lovers in the State observed. India has just 12 such grounds with Maharashtra having the maximum numbers while the NE States have just two.