By: Aabid Hameed
Pulwama: After missing several deadlines, Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to complete the much-awaited indoor sports stadium in Rajpora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Shabir Ahmad Najar, Deputy General Manager of J&K Projects Construction Corporation Limited (JKPCC), executing agency of the project, said that indoor sports stadium is almost complete with very little work pending.
He said that very soon, it will be handed over to the concerned department following which the local youth can avail the benefit of the project.
Another official of JKPCC said that the stadium is complete and only flooring is pending on which the work is going on and it will be completed within a weeks’ time.
He said that due to the frequent lockdowns and other issues, the project got delayed so far, but now it has been almost completed.
He said that project is being completed at the cost of around Rs four crore.
Players from different villages of the area said that they are very much hopeful that by enhancing the sports infrastructure in the area, the youth will get engaged in different sports activities and will remain away from drug menace.
They said the project has taken more time in completion but are hopeful that it will help the local players to reach higher levels.
“Our valley is facing the nuisance of drug addiction, which is due to lack of recreational opportunities given to our youth and such projects are very important to keep them away from drugs,” said Danish Ahmad, a local cricket player.
“I am hopeful that this sports stadium will help us in engaging more and more youth in sports activities and keep them away from drugs and other evil things,” he said.
Rashida Simnani, a lady wrestling player from the area, who has won many medals at national level in Wrestling, said that once the project is completed, it will definitely help players in practice besides that it will help in engaging more and more youth in sports activities.
She said that drug addict is main issue in the society currently and such kind of projects will obviously help in overcoming drug addiction, besides it will help in making the women empowered by giving them different trainings.
Players said that the facility will put an end to the sufferings they were effacing during the wet weather conditions as their practice got affected many times in the past during rains or winter season.