Keeping in view the demand of the sportspersons who throng Indoor Stadium on a daily basis, J&K State Sports Council is going to keep Sheri-Kashmir Indoor Stadium open till late evening hours.
The stadium which is major hub of the multi sports activities currently remains open only till 6 PM in evening to the dismay of sportspersons who go to the facility for the daily practice. They had been demanding that the facility should be kept open till late evening hours so that all the players, health conscious people of city can avail benefit of the facility.
Secretary to Government, Youth Services and Sports Department, J&K Sarmad Hafeez termed the demand genuine and said that the Government will soon make arrangements to keep facility open till late evening hours.
“It is excellent idea and a genuine demand of the players as well as veteran health conscious persons who visit stadium on a daily basis. In summer facilities like Indoor stadium can be kept open till late evening hours so that all can take its full benefits. I will ask Secretary J&K State Sports Council to make arrangements to keep facility open till late and provide all facilities to the stadium goers,” Sarmad said.
“Keeping stadium open under lights till late hours will help everyone from office goers to students. While students remain busy with tuition and school during day hours, office goers also remain busy till late. This step will benefit one and all and also will keep stadium buzzing with activities till late hours under lights,” he said.
He said that the step will also help attract more and more youngsters towards the sports activities.
“It will help us attract more and more youth towards the sports activities. They can now enjoy their time with sports activities during their leisure time and will not have to care about the timing. All the steps in this regard would be taken up and even if we have to utilize services of more staff for the purpose,” Sarmad said.
Sarmad Hafeez also revealed that the Government has released funds for the upgrading of facilities in Indoor Stadium and work in that regard will start soon.
“We have released enough funds to upgrade the facilities of Indoor Stadiums. The funds have been allotted for washrooms, halls, water purifiers, lighting and all other minor, major things that need immediate attention,” he said.
Sportspersons have welcomed the decision and have hoped that it will not be only limited to the announcement only.
“It is great decision and has been the demand of the all the persons who come to indoor Stadium daily. We hope that it will come into effect shortly,” said Nisar Hussain, a veteran sportsperson.
Another sportsperson who trains daily at Stadium said that he is hopeful that apart from keeping stadium open till late hours , Sports Council will also keep coaches and other staff available there.
“We have been asking for it since a long time and finally they have decided to keep it open till late hours. At the same time Sports Council should ensure that their staff, both instructors and other support staff will remain present. Currently Indoor stadiums has very less staff while as instructors, coaches hardly remain available,” he said.