Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium

The following article is about the state-of-the-art swimming stadium, Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium, which will be hosting the aquatic events at the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Diving and Swimming events for the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi will be held at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium. The stadium is not newly built but it has been revamped and upgraded to a world class standard with state-of-the-art facilities. All the aquatic events are scheduled to be held at the stadium. The stadium has been built in the ridge forests of Delhi among the trees and greenery.Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium

An oval roof made of aluminium is spectacular to look at and is a symbol of pride for India. The S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium with the swimming and diving pools also has six lanes' warm-up pool. Although, India is not one of the top medal contenders in swimming, the sports fraternity is grooming young talents to ensure success in aquatic events in the coming years.

Swimming and Diving

There are three pools in the S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium: one 8-lane competition pool, one diving pool and one 6-lane warm-up pool. The swimming events are to be held from 4 to 9 October 2010, diving events from 10 to 13 October 2010, synchronised swimming events from 6 to 7 October 2010 and Para sport-swimming events from 5 to 9 October 2010. The capacity of the venue is 5,178. The stadium is at a distance of 12 kilometres from the Games Village. Spectators can enter the competition venue through gate number 5 which is through Talkatora Garden.

Green Initiatives

The stadium has been built in the middle of a ridge forest causing minimum impact on ecology. The stadium has a north-south orientation. Thermal insulation has also been taken care of in construction of walls and roof. Use of recycled water for flushing and horticulture with use of dual knob cisterns has been introduced at the stadium to conserve water. Ozone friendly refrigerants have been used in HVAC systems that is needed for the swimming pool. Solar power is used to heat water in the pools if required. Use of CFL lamps have also been encouraged at the stadium to show its concern towards the environment and the depleting natural resources.

Access to Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium

By Metro
-Spectators using the metro to reach the venue can reach Rama Krishna Ashram Marg Metro Station and then take a shuttle from there to Old R. K. Ashram Marg (Link Road). One can walk 450 metres after the shuttle drop-off point.
-Commuters could also alight at Patel Chowk Metro Station and avail shuttle services to Old R. K. Ashram Marg (Link Road). There is a 450 metres walk to gate number 5 from there.

By Own Vehicle
Sports enthusiasts using their own vehicles can park at the following areas and then avail shuttle services to Old R. K. Ashram Marg (Link Road).
-Bhai Veer Singh Marg
-Opposite Birla Mandir
-Kali Bari Marg
-Central School, Udhayan Marg parking area
After the shuttle drops the spectators to Old R. K. Ashram Marg (Link Road) they will have to walk for 450 metres to gate number 5 to witness the aquatic events.

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