New Delhi: The upgradation work of the Shivaji Hockey Stadium would be complete by next month and the gates of the ground, which missed several construction deadlines in the run-up to 2010 Commonwealth Games, would be thrown open in June.

Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, sports minister Ajay Maken said the stadium, which was to be a practice venue for the 2010 Games but was dropped due to non-completion of construction work, is all but ready.

"The New Delhi Municipal Council, which owns the Shivaji Stadium, has informed that work is in progress at Shivaji Stadium," Maken said.

"The work on Shivaji Stadium is likely to be completed by April 2012 and to be opened for public use by June 2012," he added.

The stadium, which had been intended for hockey practice and as a swimming arena, was replaced by Major Dhyan Chand Stadium and SP Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex during the Games.