(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
Aerial view of the renovated and upgraded Bakhshi stadium in Srinagar filled with spectators | KO file photo by Abid Bhat
SRINAGAR- Jammu and Kashmir Government is establishing state-of-art sports facilities across Jammu and Kashmir with an aim of taking sports to Panchayat level for budding sportspersons of the region.
Various steps have been taken by the LG administration to create world-class sports infrastructure in J&K. Recently, sports policy has been introduced to make J&K a powerhouse in sports. The focus is not merely on activities like Cricket and Football but equal importance is being given to games like Volleyball, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Water and Winter Sports which were ignored in the past.
Sports budget for Jammu and Kashmir is higher than biggest several states of the country and infrastructure is being augmented to highest level and J&K government is keen to provide platform to the youth.
Recently, Bakshi Stadium which was in dilapidated condition duo to poor policies of earlier regimes was dedicated to public after being upgraded and revamped at a cost of Rs. 59 crores.
There were clear directions from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to develop MA Stadium in Jammu as per ICC Standards and Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar as per FIFA Standards.
Today, sports sector in the UT is witnessing rapid development. World class facilities and coaching is being extended to the youth at grass root level to showcase their talent in various sports disciplines. The officials are redoubling their efforts to make J&K sporting hub of the country.
Recently Manoj Sinha inaugurated sports infrastructure projects worth Rs 18.10 cr and dedicated the new sports facilities to the local youth. The projects inaugurated include Synthetic Football Turf at Khel Gaon Nagrota worth Rs 5 cr; Mini Stadium at Bhour Camp, Chatha costing Rs 1 cr and Playfield at Purmandal at a cost of Rs 2 cr. The Mini Stadium at Bhour Camp will benefit 5000 youth by accommodating games like Cricket, Volleyball, Kabaddi.
Funded under CAPEX, JKIDFC, Khelo India, and PMDP, the inauguration and foundation laying of these projects marks the beginning of next phase of modernization of sports infra in J&K.
Moving ahead towards developing state-of-the-art sports infrastructure in the UT, the government is creating modern facilities and developing sports culture even in remote areas for talented sportspersons of J&K.
The Government is providing sports infrastructure and facilities to the young budding sportspersons of J&K. Now, it is the responsibility of the coaches and officials to hone the talent and improve J&K's medal tally in national and international level competitions.
The combined budget of education and sports of Jammu and Kashmir is Rs 2386 crores, which is way more than various bigger States and UTs across country.
In the last few months, J&K Sports Council has emerged as a powerful vehicle for identification of platforms for young talent. Time-bound targets are being fixed for the coaches in different disciplines of various games.
Government has asked Sports Council to work strategically, identify such places where youth are performing well and develop them as a Special Sports Hub.
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