STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan on Monday emphasised on delivering all projects to public that are complete in every respect. He asked the departments to ensure every allied facility is available at all the sports amenities constructed by them so that competitive national events are conducted in them.The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Youth Services & Sports, Alok Kumar; Director General, Youth Services &Sports (YS&S), Dr. Saleem ur Rehman; Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhat Gul; OSD to Advisor, Mohammad Ashraf Hakak; Engineers of the executing agencies and other officers of the sports departments.Advisor Khan directed both the J&K Sports Council and YS&S department to create the facilities that are of specifications of international standard. He asked them to approve each of such facilities created by the administrative bodies like FIFA, FIH, etc.Advisor Khan further directed the authorities to upgrade all the facilities so that reputed sports events of nation could be conducted there. He impressed upon them to ensure having separate washrooms, fencing, parking, drinking water, watch and ward and other facilities available at each sports stadium for their proper upkeep and maintenance.The Advisor asked the DG YS&S to identify the coaching staff to cater to the outdoor and indoor sports stadia constructed across different districts of J&K. He further directed them to look into deputation of managerial staff to different sports facilities for managing the activities like booking, registration of players and proper utilisation of these facilities in each district.Moreover Advisor Khan asked them to make available the services of Physiotherapists and other turf maintenance curators at these state of art facilities for their optimum use and care. He asked them to create boarding & lodging facilities in each district for the players so that they don’t have to travel much for participating in the games held there.The Advisor further directed the authorities to identify a patch of land in consultation with divisional administration for creating mega sports complex here in valley on the analogy of Khel Gaon Nagrota, Jammu. He directed the executing agencies to adhere to deadlines fixed for each project and asked the officers to monitor the deadlines regularly.He asked the departments to see for inclusion of penalty clause in their tenders against the delinquents so that there is no delay in completion of projects. He asked them to showcase which works have been done and which are pending instead of mere percentage in their progress reports.The Advisor reviewed the progress and status of all the ongoing mega sports projects of J&K, sports projects taken up under PMDP, maintenance of sports infrastructure created to be completed in future. He asked them to clear the past liabilities where work has been completed satisfactorily and accelerate the pace on other ongoing works without compromising on the quality of work.The Advisor also reviewed the sports calendar for the current year and asked the departments to organise sports events throughout whole J&K. He asked them to hold events of different games in each district so that players from different games avail opportunity close to their homes.The Principal Secretary asked both the heads of sporting departments to take up all the matters of any deadlock or severe obstacles with him so that a feasible solution is found for them. He asked them that there would be no dearth of funds or lack of administrative support for raising sports infrastructure in J&K as it has equal relevance as that of other curricular activities.The heads of both the sports bodies apprised the Advisor about the kind of sports infrastructure raised at different places. In addition to that the status of mega-sports projects and PMDP projects was also discussed in detail.The departments assured the Advisor that all the projects would be completed and dedicated to public till October this year. It was said that once completed these projects would remarkably change the sports arena of J&K and would help in producing world class players from here.
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