Beerwah: The sports enthusiast of Peth Makhama village in Beerwah accused the government of failing to stop the illegal encroachment of the playing field in the area, despite several pleas by them for its protection.
The playing field, a property of revenue department used as a playground for years now, is famous for its river-side view and round the year tournaments.
Locals alleged that few politically well-connected families living around the field have been illegally grabbed portions of the field.
“The youth from more than 50 villages play cricket at this playground but unfortunately the ground is being encroached upon,” said Sajad Ahmad, a local.
The locals said that the encroachers have often clashed with the sports enthusiasts.
The youth said that they have been fighting for the land’s protection.
They said that they approached the revenue department with a complaint but were disappointed by the department’s response.
“The Tehsildar of the area visited the site once but never returned back due to the political interference. The matter still remains unresolved,” Mohammad Imran, a resident of Peth Makhama, said.
“The young and emerging players of the area are not able to play at peace,” he added.
Tehsildar Magam, Zubair Ahmad Parra said that the revenue department would prioritize the interests of the youth. “We will not allow any encroachment in any of the playing fields,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Budgam, Mir Altaf Ahmad said that he will take stern action against the encroachers. “I will look forward to address this issue and will try to sort it out as soon as possible,” he said.
The locals wanted the Sports Council to take over the custody of the field after getting a nod from DC Budgam.
The youth appealed the chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the local MLA to look into the issue.