Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday gave nod to the construction of state-of-art Stadia one each at Srinagar and Jammu by converting the Bakhshi Stadium Srinagar and MAM Stadium Jammu into the modern international standard sports facility.
While receiving presentation on a proposal to this effect at a high level meeting here today, the Chief Minister said that Rs. 200 crores special package for the development of sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir approved by the Centre Government should be taken best advantage of developing sports facilities of the international standard, an official statement said on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister said that there is urgent need of upgrading the existing sports facilities in the cities and at the towns of the State so that youth are provided ample opportunities to excel and bring laurels to the State in different sports activities.
“The special package to develop the two existing sports stadia at Srinagar and Jammu into modern sports facility will go in a big way to boost sports activities and nurture the talent,” Omar said.
The Chief Minister also directed for developing water sports centre at Manasbal for which Rs. 2 crores are proposed. He said two multi-purpose indoor sports halls in North and two in South Kashmir should also be constructed at a cost of Rs. 4 crores each.
The Chief Minister was apprised that the reconstruction of MAM Stadium involving Rs. 75 crores envisages reconstruction of the stadium with RCC framed structure, tensile structure roofing and seating arrangement for 40,000 people in 3-tiers with chairs, sports hostel for 500 inmates and facility for other games.
The Chief Minister approved multi-purpose indoor sports halls at Kathua, Doda, Reasi, Bhour Camp and upgradation of sports facilities at Poonch and Rajouri.