We heard many politicians speak during the inauguration on 26th January 2015. Correction. We did not to listen to many, we walked off towards the magnificent structure, once the first one started talking. Because we felt absolutely disgusted by some of these folks in white dhothi, who were most effective in stalling this project, pat themselves on their back and of course, each other. Some of them were shamelessly targeting the project, barely a few days back.
So we, engineering buffs, thought we will have a tribute post about the professionals (management and engineers of IL&FS, the local architect who came up with the concept and the NGS officials) who got this marvel of engineering sprint towards the finish line in barely weeks. Trivandrum and India’s sports fans will be eternally grateful to this epic structure for sports.
This little handful of photographs are in no way complete, for without the 100s of wonderful workers, drivers, technicians, engineers, accountants etc, this would not have happened!!!
Shri. Anil Kumar Pandala is the General, who lead the troops for IL&FS, as the Vice President. As in-charge of TCRIP, he is the one who keeps the city of Trivandrum’s roads and now, this stadium, upto high standards. Our humble request is for him to write a book on managing complex projects in Kerala., which could be of use to future generation of engineers and managers
The “Site Boss” Shri. Muthanna is our favourite. This soft-spoken Bangalorean is one of the most dedicated people we have seen. He is always there to answer all our mundane questions patiently. His malayalam is excellent and effortless. But he seems to be a badass, when it comes to dealing with even the slightest deviation from norms. We have seen him deal with unions & politicians with equanimity. He will be known for his dedication, sometimes foregoing his holidays, so he can finish this project on time. When we offer to drop him to the city, he says with a smile “not unless you plan to wait till 11:00 at night”….. Our big salute !
The Team, who worked hard for the Stadium. From left to right: Amit, Sagar,Shatabdi, Ashwani, Israr (behind), Krishnakumar (behind), Atul Shirke, Anil Pandala, Muthanna and Bidappa
The IL&FS management team for the Stadium. Left to Right: Anil Shirke, Anilkumar Pandala and Muthanna
Shri. Anilkumar of National Games Secratariat. He is another person who is always around the venues for National Games, making sure things are on schedule from Kerala Government side.
Jayakrishnan K of JCJR Partnership, the Trivandrum architect whose concept was chosen by National Games Secretariat and which later became the International Stadium Complex
NGS Chief, Shri Jacob Punnoose IPS