Work on Rs 16 cr project for face-lift to indoor stadium going at snail’s pace
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PCI NEWS: ”Languishing projects will be taken up on priority basis”

Envisaged more than four years ago, after 2014 devastating flood, work on multi-crore project to renovate Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Sports Complex here is moving at snail’s pace. 

The government had promised facelift of the stadium under Rs 16 crore project to upgrade the existing facilities to modern standards. However the sportsmen have accused the government of failing to deliver on the promises, citing delay in revamping sports infrastructure.

“The standard of facilities at the stadium continues to deteriorate,” said a young sportsman who wished not to be named.  

After the devastating flood the debris lying around 40,000 square feet inside the stadium resulted in damaged to its infrastructure. “For the past two-decades the authorities haven’t taken up renovation work of the indoor stadium for even a single time, “said an official.

Among the facilities that were hit in the 2014 floods included boxing ring, table tennis court and badminton court. “The basement halls for regular training of Thang Ta, Yoga , Badminton and Table Tennis need an immediate face lift,” said the official.

Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez said the state government has recently identified “languishing projects” which needs to be completed on priority basis. He confirmed that Rs 16 crore have been earmarked for the works.

“We are hopeful to start work on identified projects in next two to three month as the tendering process has started. The work on club house adjacent to the stadium is also in pipeline,” Hafeez said.

According to Hafeez arrangements for audiences such as clean washrooms will also be taken up. “We are also working to provide a face-lift to the aesthetics of the stadium by. The seating arrangement for viewers is also being redone,” Hafeez said.

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