Sports associations rue lack of planning, attention’

‘Polo Ground, Bakshi Stadium Drainage Problem Unsolved In 60 Years’



Srinagar,Apr 3: Sports fraternity of Valley has lashed out at successive governments for overlooking the conditions of playing fields across Valley.
 Reports said that the rains that lashed Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday has again uncovered the poor condition of most of the playing fields of the Valley- Historical Polo Ground, Bakshi Stadium, Gani Memorial stadium, Pampore Stadium and city central Polo ground were submerged in water.
 Blaming successive regimes for not doing anything for the development of the fields, J&K Sports Development Association (JKSDA) and J&K Football Association (JKFA) has asked Government to come out with larger scale development plan.
 “It has been the problem since the formation of these fields. The Government at that time developed fields but successive regimes never looked after their development. The problem with Polo Ground, Bakshi Stadium and all other fields of Valley is that they are low lying. It happened because the owners of adjacent properties raised the field level while Government did nothing for making fields even to its adjacent,” said JKSDA President Bashir Ahmad Malik.
 “During 2008 Santosh Trophy event, level of Central Polo ground football field was raised while side fields were kept untouched. Problem surfaced at very same time. Adding to problem was earth filling Floriculture Park on one side and construction of building on other side. With the result level of Polo ground became too low and all the rain water automatically finds its way onto Polo ground,” he added.
 He said that Government has done nothing for the development of fields and all fields, stadiums of the Valley including Bakshi Stadium lack proper drainage system.
 JKFA, District Srinagar President, Fayaz Ahmad Sofi said that Valley field’s lacks long term planning by the government
 “Problem of Polo Ground and other fields cannot be solved with cosmetic measures. They require long term planning and attention from the Government. If immediate attention is not giving to long term problems of these fields, and then they will permanently turn unplayable,” he said.
 “All our fields have got drainage problem and Government is not doing anything for its solution. They have wasted lot of money on temporarily measures that has not helped to rectify problem,” he said.
 He said that Valley is short of playing fields and there are more parks than playing fields for the general public.
 “We are not able to understand why we require unused parks instead of playing fields. We are not vouching only for the football but for other sports as well. In Lal Chowk we have too many parks and hardly any one can be seen sitting there. While all the fields remain abuzz with sports activities on holidays,” Fayaz said.
 “I request Government to convert one of the Parks in Lal Chowk into playing fields so that players of all ages and sports can be benefited,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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