Chinnaswamy Stadium gets new drainage system

The launch has come one day after the KSCA top brass — including secretary Brijesh Patel — relinquished office, in light of the Supreme Court judgment.

The new drainage system evacuates water from the ground at the rate of 10,000 litres per minute.   -  G. Sampath Kumar

The Chinnaswamy Stadium now boasts of a new drainage system, which will efficiently tackle the problem of rain delays. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) unveiled a sub-surface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system, built by SubAir Systems, at the stadium here on Wednesday.

> The launch has come one day after the KSCA top brass — including secretary Brijesh Patel — relinquished office, in light of the Supreme Court judgment.

The new drainage system evacuates water from the ground at the rate of 10,000 litres per minute. “This means that play can start within a few minutes of the rain coming to a halt. The long delays caused by a wet outfield will be avoided now,” KSCA Spokesperson Vinay Mruthyunjaya stated at a press conference here on Wednesday.

Mruthyunjaya mentioned that the need to upgrade the stadium’s drainage system became clear as a result of the rain-affected India-South Africa Test match held here over a year ago. “That washout caused us a huge financial loss,” he said.

The system was built at a total cost of around Rs. 4.25 crore, Mruthyunjaya said. Around 4.5 kilometers of pipe length has been put into use. The water that is drained out of the ground will be carried — via the pipes — to the venue’s rainwater harvesting system. “This is an environment-friendly project, as the water is recycled,” Mruthyunjaya said.

Kevin Crowe, SubAir Senior Vice-President, said, “There are sensor points on the ground, which means that the entire water evacuation process is automated. No manual interference is required. We estimate the maintenance cost to be around Rs. 7 lakh per year.”

Questions on matters regarding the Lodha Committee recommendations were not entertained. The KSCA has called for a meeting of its Managing Committee on Thursday to elect a fresh president, secretary and treasurer.