Structure by the engineering genius, Mahendra Raj

© Ram Rahman

"This cricket stadium is one of the first of its kind using folded plate cantilever frame structures in India. Particularly noteworthy is the delicacy and elegance of the structure, as the thin folded plates rise from the ground to form an integral whole with the spectator stands and the 20 m long cantilever roofs. "To my knowledge, this structure was the first of its kind at that time folded plate as a cantilever," Mahendra Raj says, "we were all very nervous in those days there was no proof checking so we doublechecked within our office." He adds "Dr Vakil and I started working on the stadium with Charles, who invited his friend from MIT, Fred Taylor to help him design it."1

  • 1. Source: The Structure, Works of Mahendra Raj